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Political parties must outline agricultural policy agenda – VFF

The Labor Government and Coalition must put recruiting and training the next generation of food and fibre producers at the forefront of their policy agendas in the lead up to the September 14 Federal Election. “Agriculture, mining and other primary industries are keeping this county afloat,” Victorian Farmers Federation president Peter Tuohey said. “But both sides of politics need to deliver policies that help us build on the strength of these sectors.” The VFF and other farm lobby groups are urging federal politicians to put more emphasis on agriculture in the national curriculum, lift the number of graduates with skills relevant to agriculture and food processing, as well as rebuilding research funding for the sector. Last month the VFF highlighted the current and past Federal Government’s failure to invest in agricultural research, which has stagnated at around $250 million a year since 2003-04. In comparison over the same period health research has grown from $365m to $950m a year and Australian Research Council funding climbed from $399m to $879m. “We keep hearing both sides of politics declaring how agriculture is vital to Australia’s future,” Mr Tuohey said. “But we don’t see any major funding commitments to agriculture from either side of politics. “The Government and Coalition must do all they can to support agriculture, which produces $46 billion of produce, directly employs 307,000 people and more than 1.6 million along the food and fibre supply chain.”

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