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Action plan sets out ten-year vision for Australian agriculture



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ACTION PLAN SETS OUT TEN-YEAR VISION FOR AUSTRALIAN AGRICULTURE

Federal Primary Industries & Energy Minister John Anderson, and President of the National Farmers' Federation Ian Donges, today jointly launched the Action Plan for Australian Agriculture at the NSW Farmers' Association Conference in Sydney.

Mr Anderson said the Plan set out a vision for agriculture for the next ten years and identified the roles and responsibilities of all sectors involved in the industry, including Government, in achieving it.

"The Plan provides an opportunity to bring together the previously unrelated agricultural planning processes of industry and government to help Australian agriculture realise its true potential," he said.

"The Plan aims to achieve a shared vision for Australian agriculture based on profitable, competitive and sustainable family farm businesses that are recognised as world leaders in" their production efficiency, product quality, innovation and ability to supply and respond to market needs. Since the need for such an initiative was widely supported at the National Rural Finance Summit in 1996, I have worked closely with industry to develop the Plan.

"The planning process has seen an unprecedented level of cooperation between government and major stakeholders, including farmer organisations, the banking sector, rural women, service providers and individual farmers. It has included three roundtables and a workshop examining Australian agriculture's strengths and weaknesses, and the opportunities and threats that lie in front of it.

"These involved industry, including one roundtable specifically for rural women," meetings with peak farmer organisations and State government officials and extensive consultation to ensure the Plan has the support of all stakeholders."

Mr Anderson said the Plan consists of five interlinking documents: • an outlook for agriculture over the next ten years; • a detailed action plan • an overview statement for farmers outlining the vision for Australian agriculture

and the process of developing the plan and its key themes; • a summary of the Federal Government's achievements and initiatives; and • a wallchart for producers on how the plan relates to them.

"Above all, the Plan provides a framework for ongoing cooperation towards achieving real gains for agriculture," he said. It is also a living document that will be reviewed annually and continue to evolve to meet changing circumstances."

Further inquiries: Mr Anderson's office Robert Haynes (02) 6277 7520 or 0419 49 3511 Internet: http://w w w .dpie.gov.au/dpie/pr/media_releases/anderson/index.html