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Victorian farmers back NFF food and fibre blueprint

Victorian farmers have joined the call for the nations’ politicians to back the National Farmers’ Federation’s Blueprint for the future of food and fibre production in Australia. Released at the National Press Club today, the blueprint outlines seven key areas that are crucial to the continued success of the Agricultural sector – Innovation, Research, Development and Extension; Competitiveness; Trade and Market Access; People; Agriculture in Society; Natural Resources and Transformational Issues. “The blueprint addresses issues that both the VFF and the NFF have been vocal on over the past 18 months,” VFF president Peter Tuohey said. “Investment in rural R&D has stagnated since the 1970’s and over the past nine years rural funding has hovered around $230m to $260m – this needs to change. “The VFF will continue to work with the NFF to secure government funding to help improve industry productivity and growth. “Industry growth will only be achieved if we can secure the next generation of food and fibre producers, which is why the VFF and NFF have launched campaigns to attract younger people into the industry.” Improved market access and innovation will help make the agricultural industry more competitive internationally, according to the report. “We look forward to working with the NFF to achieve their targets set out in the blueprint,” Mr Tuohey said. “By 2020 there will be more mouths to feed, and as an industry we need to do all we can to keep up with the production demands.”

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