Today marks the inaugural National Agriculture and Related Industries Day, a day to celebrate our agricultural industries across Far North Queensland and acknowledge the significant contribution they make.
Federal Member for Leichhardt, Warren Entsch today thanked local farmers for their efforts feeding and clothing Australians and people the world over, and encouraged locals to get involved in Ag Day.
“Today is the first nationwide celebration of Australia’s agriculture and related industries, which contribute so much to individuals, Leichhardt, our nation and the world,” Mr Entsch said.
“Here in Far North Queensland the banana, mango, sugar and seafood industries in particular are vital to our local economy.
“Today is about recognising the important role farmers and agricultural industries have played in bringing prosperity to our continent and building a unique Australian culture.
“It’s a sector that continues to perform year after year and is one of the cornerstones of the Australian economy, with the value of Australian agricultural production exceeding $60 billion for the first time in 2016–17.
“The total value of Australian farm exports increased by $7 billion over the past six years—from $38 billion in 2012-13 to a forecast $45.2 billion in 2017–18.
“Agriculture and affiliated industries also provide jobs to about 12 million Australians.
“Ag Day is about getting much-deserved recognition for our agriculture sector and related industries, such as transport and rural supplies businesses, stock and station agents and accountants.
“I encourage everyone to celebrate agriculture today and recognise our farmers’ efforts.
“They make a vital contribution to our community, the national economy and a better way of life for all.”