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Labor leaves farmers high and dry

Jeremy Rockliff, Minister for Primary Industries and Water

If the last five weeks have shown us anything it’s that Labor care little about Tasmanian farmers.

A re-elected majority Hodgman Liberal Government has been clear from the get go of the importance of our agricultural sector and supporting our farmers.

One of the most important components has been working with the Federal Government to deliver the Tasmanian Irrigation schemes and we are committing $70 million to roll out the tranche three.

However Labor have committed just $30 million.

Their agriculture policy is also clearly lacking – promising an investment of just $45 million – while we have committed $150 million.

In addition Labor has failed to match our funding in agriculture research and innovation, industry development in the red meat, dairy, wine, fruit and vegetables, organics, honey, hemp and wool sectors, generating renewable energy from irrigation, farm energy sufficiency and new irrigation (electricity) tariffs, school farms and agricultural skills and education, AgriGrowth loans for young farmers, stock underpass subsidy, Rural Business Tasmania, Rural Youth, Women In Agriculture, Tasmanian Landcare Association, TFGA living next door to a farmer campaign, agricultural show infrastructure, managing weeds, new truck and machinery wash down stations, additional AgriGrowth liaison officers and moving DPIPWE staff to northern Tasmania.  

Labor’s so called agenda for agriculture is nothing short of pathetic.