Spotlight on agricultural sustainability
Published: 5th October 2012
The Chair of RDA Far North Queensland and Torres Strait (Queensland), Dr Allan Dale, recently launched the Agricultural Futures Priority Package, which is a significant component of the organisation’s regional road map.
The Package, which addresses issues such as pest and weed control, improving water quality and sustainable agriculture, was launched at the Economic Development Australia conference in Cairns.
Dr Dale said that work on implementing the Package was already moving forward. He also said that the Package will be used to negotiate both Australian and State Government investment into the region and that its progress will be monitored and reported on every six months over the coming two years.
“Agriculture is a major, stable pillar in our regional economy with significant potential for growth. Our agricultural foundations buffered us from economic instability during the Global Financial Crisis and its importance is set to increase, particularly with growing markets and investment interest from South East Asia,” he said.
Dr Dale said the official launch of the Package is the culmination of eight months of hard work by representatives from local, state and Australian Government agencies, primary producer groups and agricultural and regional development organisations.
Other key elements of the Package include progressing the concept of a major projects coordination mechanism in parallel with a regulatory reform project, rethinking current financing options in order to reduce farm debt ratios, securing regional meat processing capacity and working with industry to identify new high-value foreign investment opportunities.
For more information, visit the RDA Far North Queensland and Torres Strait website.
(Pictured above) Dr Allan Dale the Chair of RDA Far North Queensland and Torres Strait presenting the Agricultural Futures Priority Package at the EDA conference in Cairns in September 2012.