The LNP re-affirmed its support for agriculture as one of the four pillars of Queensland’s economy which will help get the state back on track in Parliament yesterday.
Shadow Minister for Agriculture, Food and Regional Queensland Andrew Cripps tabled the LNP Agriculture Strategy which maps out a vision and priorities for agriculture in Queensland for the next three decades.
“This strategy sets an ambitious target to double our agricultural production by 2040. It focuses on increasing agricultural production. Not regulation, not compliance – it’s about production,” Mr Cripps said.
“It will provide a long-term and valued future for farming in the state, as well as improve job opportunities and the quality of life for Queenslanders living and working in rural communities.”
Mr Cripps said LNP has identified six priority areas to support to achieve this goal.
The first step will be to re-establish a stand-alone Department of Agriculture.
The plan will facilitate new infrastructure, improve skills and careers pathways, research, development and extension, protect strategic cropping land, enhance biosecurity and fight Labor’s job and business destroying carbon tax.
“This Strategy has been welcomed by Queensland’s peak agricultural bodies including the Queensland Farmers Federation, AgForce, Growcom and CANEGROWERS and I am looking forward to implementing it in partnership with all sectors of Queensland’s agricultural industry,” Mr Cripps said.
“It is a pro-active plan which wants to attract the best and brightest of young people to pursue careers in agriculture. It recognises the significant role this industry played in the growth of Queensland and plans ahead to ensure it will enjoy a bright future under an LNP government.
“The LNP CanDo team will get Queensland back on track by growing opportunity through our four-pillars economic plan.”