The Queensland Farmers’ Federation (QFF) has welcomed funding to deliver an agricultural resilience project that will build the strategic management capacity of farmers.
QFF will work with industry members Cotton Australia, Nursery & Garden Industry Queensland, Turf Queensland, Australian Canefarmers, Pork Queensland, Queensland Chicken Meat Council and the Queensland United Egg Producers to deliver the Family Farm Enterprise Risk and Resilience Program.
QFF CEO Dr Georgina Davis said the program, funded by the Australian and Queensland Governments, would identify vulnerabilities for each member industry and participating farms to improve the resilience of the Queensland agriculture sector.
“Queensland farmers face frequent and significant risks, the Family Farm Enterprise Risk and Resilience Program will help prepare for, and manage business and climate risks, and improve economic, environmental and social resilience,” Dr Davis said.
“Educational resources will be developed to inform farmers about their climate variability risk, weather and seasonal risk, biosecurity risk, family business risk, production risk, financial and market risks, workforce risk, personal risk, industry reputational risks.
“This knowledge will then be applied through the creation of individual, tailored Farm Business Resilience Plans for participating farmers and supported by regular workshops, events and online sessions.”
“With ongoing risks, having a plan in place for future challenges will help farmers get back to doing what they do best sooner, this project is a positive step in improving preparedness and resilience outcomes.”
The Family Farm Enterprise Risk and Resilience Program is jointly funded through the Australian Government’s Future Drought Fund and the Queensland Government’s Drought and Climate Adaptation Program.