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The family farm, something worth fighting for

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THE HON DR SHARMAN STONE MP Federal Member for Murray

Thursday 17 Jan 2013

The family farm, something worth fighting for

Family farms in the Murray Electorate are facing a multitude of challenges, but their future remains bright.

Federal Member for Murray Dr Sharman Stone says young people should be confident of farming’s future, with a burgeoning world population and an escalating demand for food.

“Unfortunately, many are instead leaving their family properties in the face of what can appear overwhelming obstacles” Dr Stone said.

“The supermarket duopoly is price crunching agricultural products to the point where some items are dearer to produce than sell, cheap food imports are leaving local growers at a disadvantage and prime agricultural land is being mined.

“Labor is not going to intervene on these issues. Instead, they have been busy making life on the land harder.

“The Rudd Government’s very first budget cut the $37 million ‘Farmbis’ training program, which promoted sustainability and self reliance through business management skills training for farmers. The Murray Darling Basin Plan has seen the government buying up irrigation water for the environment. The Carbon Tax has spiked electricity and gas costs, with diesel to carry the tax from next year.

“The family farm is a business worth supporting. It is vital to its local community.

“I will continue to work along with my Coalition counterparts to ensure good government policy to support a strong farming future” Dr Stone said.

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