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Inquiry into adapting farming practice to climate change.



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THE HON DR SHARMAN STONE MP Federal Member for Murray Shadow Minister for Immigration and Citizenship

Friday 6 February 2009

Inquiry into adapting farming practice to climate change

The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Primary Industry and Resources announced this week a new inquiry into the role of Government in assisting farmers to adapt to the impacts of climate change.

Federal Member for Murray Dr Sharman Stone said, “This inquiry is an opportunity for farmers to tell the government what innovative approaches and techniques they have implemented or believe should be implemented to

improve productivity, given a drier hotter climate, and how Government could assist in the process.

“It is also a chance for those farmers who have implemented improved methods of operation to share their ideas with the potential to enhance them through government funding.

“Farmers in Northern Victoria have demonstrated a strong commitment to adaptation to climate change surviving the last 10 years of drought with very little help from Government.

For Australia to continue to be at the forefront of food production techniques it is important that research and development keeps up to date and responds to the needs of the industry.

“I encourage all interested persons to forward their suggestions to the Standing Committee. Submissions to the inquiry must be received no later than 20th March 2009. Further information is available at: http://www.aph.gov.au/house/committee/pir/australianfarmers/tor.htm

Submissions can be emailed to pir.reps@aph.gov.au or be sent the Committee Secretary, Standing Committee on Primary Industries and Resources, PO Box 6021, House of Representatives, Parliament House, CANBERRA ACT 2600.

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