NSW Farmers kicks off the new year with an advocacy “wish list” that it says will help meet the goal of $ 30 billion in farm gate production by 2030.
After closing the book on a banner year for farming – despite successive setbacks of flooding, a global pandemic and a mouse plague – NSW Farmers President James Jackson said the farming industry was having an exciting time future.
“Agriculture will face big challenges, such as climate goals and a growing world population, so we are adapting to meet these challenges,” Jackson said.
The top priority for farmers in NSW is to stabilize the workforce uncertainty created by COVID-19 border restrictions and to prepare rural and regional communities for success.
“Our dependence on foreign workers has peaked over the past two years and action must be taken to address our long-term workforce issues as well as to meet more urgent needs,” that require the movement of people before the pandemic, ”Jackson said.
” Infrastructure will play key role in economic rebound from COVID-19 – but for NSW regional infrastructure investments, infrastructure investments must go beyond road, rail access and air transport and examine the Internet and connectivity needs of businesses and communities.
“Another key area of spending should be research and development, which can do everything from improving crop yields to finding biosecurity solutions for insects, pests and even mice. “
Mr Jackson said farmers in NSW would also pay close attention to potential battlegrounds for agriculture, including land use planning and animal welfare.