THE Queensland Government has released its “low emissions agriculture roadmap”, which sets out the role the industry will likely play in reaching the state’s 2050 net zero emissions target.
The Roadmap is the result of a productive co-design approach with industry, with key themes and actions identified in a Palaszczuk Government commissioned CSIRO report.
The Palaszczuk Government has joined with industry partners to create the framework across five focus pathways:
- Livestock emissions
- Cropping and horticulture emissions
- On-farm energy opportunities
- Carbon farming and landscape management
- Regions and supply chains
Agriculture minister Mark Furner said the government was hoping to provide clarity to the agricultural industry.
“This Roadmap will help Queensland agribusinesses thrive while they reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” Mr Furner said.
“It will give producers clarity on how they can actively prepare and implement practice change to manage risks to their business.
“Those who implement plans to lower greenhouse gas emissions now will have fewer transition costs and disruption to their business than those who delay and find themselves urgently responding to market forces.
“This Roadmap was written following an extensive consultation process between the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries and key industry partners.
“The aim is to provide a structured, smooth transition, while minimising dramatic changes.
“Now is the time to take action – adopt the roadmap’s strategies and yield the benefits of secure long-term economic and social prosperity.
“But this is not a set and forget approach—we will keep refining the roadmap as over time we develop even more emissions reductions solutions.”
Agforce supports roadmap
AgForce CEO Mike Guerin said the group recognised the importance of environmental management and was keen to keep working in the space.
“The Low Emissions Agriculture Roadmap will help producers by providing key areas to prioritise their focus including natural asset management, business profitability and risk management,” Mr Guerin said.
“Queensland’s producers recognise the importance of adopting new practices and technologies to ensure the long-term sustainability of their industry.
“As proud and responsible contributors to the state’s economy, we recognise the importance of supporting the roadmap and doing what we can to lower emissions to promote long-term sustainability.”
View the Queensland Low Emissions Agriculture Roadmap 2022–2032 at https://www.daf.qld.gov.au/
Source: Minister Mark Furner
I cannot believe that a farmer representative group such as Agforce has backed the Queensland Governments plan .The Australian Beef Association completly rejects the road map put forward which includes expensive feed supplements and herd reductions and complies with first nations farming methods. Please resign from Agforce now and save our cattle industry.
More than 80% of grazing lands in B condition or better is a stretch target. And to actually measure it, there will be quite some work yet required in satellite data analysis.