The Queensland Farmers’ Federation (QFF) and industry members are celebrating Queensland’s integral role in Australia’s agricultural story as part of National Agriculture Day, today, 20 November 2020.
National Agriculture Day is a celebration of the critical role that farmers play in feeding, clothing and providing amenity for the people of Queensland, Australia and many more around the world.
QFF CEO Dr Georgina Davis said that the day provides an opportunity for all Australians to reflect on the pivotal role agriculture has played in the country’s history and that it will continue to play into the future.
“Queenslanders in particular have a lot to celebrate on National Agriculture Day, with the state’s 24,000 farm businesses producing some of the highest quality food, fibre and foliage in the world,” Dr Davis said.
“The value of the sector remains strong despite disruption from COVID-19, worth almost $17 billion and represents 12 per cent of Queensland’s total exports.”
“Agriculture employs over 300,000 Queenslanders across the whole food supply chain, meaning roughly one in seven Queenslanders are employed by the food sector while all enjoy its produce.”
Dr Davis said National Agriculture Day was also an opportunity to educate the public about the agriculture sector and how they can better support farmers during a challenging time.
“With so many farmers contending with the COVID-19 pandemic, rising input costs and a protracted drought, there’s never been a better time to stand with our farming communities,” Dr Davis said.
“Buying local produce and paying a fair price for it is the best way Queensland consumers can support the agricultural sector,” Dr Davis said.
“Additionally, many farmers are now offering agritourism experiences, from produce tastings, regional markets, farm and winery tours, to cooking classes, and farm stays. Regional Queensland is an attractive destination for interstate travellers and for Queenslanders to discover their own backyard.”
“By supporting farmers with their wallets and their feet, consumers will continue to play an active role in helping to build more resilient farming businesses and ensure a bright future for Queensland agriculture.”
For a national breakdown of Australian agriculture’s worth and value visit: www.agday.org.au.