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PRESS

MINISTER FOR

STATE M E N T PRIMARY INDUSTRY,

f i `^^ ^0 • • NEW 1^,AHKFT OUTLOOK SERVICE FZAI TNED j

The Commonwealth Government is to take new steps to

provide information to farmers on market prospects.

The decision was announced in the House of Representa-tives by the Minister for Primary Industry; Mr.Anthony.

He said the Government had decided to hold an annual

agricultural outlook conference which would--collect as much

information as possible on market prospects.

This information would be given the maximum possible

publicity and circulation.

Mr. Anthony emphasised that the Government would not

be telling primary producers what they should r should not

produce. This would remain a matter for their own judgment.

Mr. Anthony was replying to Mr. F. O'Keefe (O.P,, N,S.W.) who asked him if the Government planned to take any action to give farmers market information, particularly in view of the very difficult circumstances prevailing.

Mr. Anthony said: "Because of the difficulties in the

rural community, farmers and farmer organizations have been

requesting more and more information so that they can adjust their own production levels or diversify according to what they think will bring them the best income,

"A great deal of information already is given out

by the Bureau of Agricultural Economics. which publishes regular publications such as the "s?heat Outlook", the "Wool Outlook"

and other material.

"The problem is getting this information to the people who really need it.

"The Government has decided to assist in this operation

by having what is known as an annual agricultural outlook

conference.

"This conference will be convened by the Bureau of

Agricultural Economics. It will include State Government representatives, extension officers, officers of the

O.S.I.R.O. and members of agricultural organizations.

"Industry organizations and marketing bodies will present papers. Governments will present papers. A general discussion will take place.

"The infirmation so collected will be given the maximum publicity and circulation.

"The use of this information will help, Governments

and primary industry organisations to develop their own

agricultural policies.

"But it will help also the primary producer to make

a better judgment as to how much and what he should produce.

"I must emphasise again the point that I have made time and time again - that is, that the Government will

not be telling primary producers what they shnuld er should not produce.

"This is a matter for their own judgment".

C.AJ BERRA.. A.C.T.

30th September, 1970.