National rural groups join forces to boost agriculture’s voice

Beef Central, 07/08/2018

Picture: NFF.

Two peak rural representative organisations are joining forces to strengthen agriculture’s voice in Canberra.

The National Farmers’ Federation (NFF), representing Australia’s 84,000 farmers, and Agribusiness Australia, representing individuals and corporations across the agri-food chain signed a Memorandum of Understanding in Canberra today.

The groups have committed to work together to provide “a powerful, united front to the halls of Canberra”.

NFF Chief Executive Tony Mahar said the collaboration aimed to strengthen agriculture’s advocacy efforts to grow Australia’s farm gate value by 70 percent from $63 billion in 2016-2017.

“The on-farm and corporate aspects of agriculture have a mutual interest in many of the policy areas that are a priority to the NFF,” Mr Mahar said.

“Issues like tax and regulatory reform; energy policy; infrastructure and trade and market access.

“By working together with Australia’s preeminent agribusiness advocacy group, we will present a powerful, united front to the halls of Canberra and ultimately accelerate agriculture to realise its potential.”

Agribusiness Australia President Mark Allison said the NFF had a long and successful history of being the voice of Australian farmers and Agribusiness Australia looked forward to working with the NFF to deliver an improved, more efficient and successful agri-industry.

“Farmers and agribusinesses are co-dependents in the agriculture supply chain, and a closer working relationship and a more in-depth understanding of each others’ perspectives, can only be positive.”

“Ultimately, today’s partnership is all about a more productive and profitable agricultural sector, where farmers, agribusinesses and the community benefit,” Mr Allison said.

Source: NFF


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