“A vibrant and thriving agricultural sector providing food, fibre and amenity to all Queenslanders.”
This vision will only be achieved by capitalising on the opportunities in front of us and will not happen by accident – it will require deliberate and strategic action. The right policy settings and effective collaboration between industry, government and community are required to unleash the sector’s full potential.
Reigniting productivity growth rates, which have been below other comparable nations for 20 years, is central to achieving this vision. Productivity growth in agriculture reflects increases in the efficiency of production processes over time, is a key determinant of farm profitability, and is important for maintaining international competitiveness. The prices we get in domestic and overseas markets are largely determined by things we can’t do much about, so we must focus on the only thing we have control over in the long term – how productive we are.
For some time, QFF has advocated for a more inclusive ministerial forum to discuss agricultural issues as many are multi-dimensional and cross-portfolio. A returning or incoming government must formalise this arrangement and address the policy issues raised below.