​Media Release

Agricultural industry leaders meet in Tassie

31 March 2015

Agricultural industry leaders, together with the Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, will be in Devonport over the next couple of days to discuss the key issues in agriculture.

“This is the first meeting of the Agricultural Industry Advisory Council (AIAC) in 2015, and I look forward to discussing this year’s priorities with the 11 council members who together represent the agricultural sector in Australia,” Minister Joyce said.

“The Coalition Government is committed to consultative decision-making. We know the key to a successful agricultural sector is government working hand-in-hand with industry, and through the AIAC we are doing just that.

“We’ll be discussing the progress of the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper—the response to the White Paper process has been outstanding, and the ideas put forward from across Australia are being carefully considered.

“I also want to discuss country of origin labelling issues with AIAC. I believe consumers should have clear information about the origin of the food they buy. The Australian Government is working to bring forward reforms to the labelling system, to make sure labels are easily understood and help consumers make informed decisions.

“Also on the agenda is a discussion on water infrastructure, along with an update on the deregulation agenda—I’m always looking to hear from industry about any further ideas on cutting red tape for our farmers.

“Given we are meeting in Tasmania, we are also considering the specific local industry issues for the fisheries and forestry sectors, and we have met with Tasmanian Minister for Primary Industries and Water, Jeremy Rockliff, to discuss some of those issues.

“The two-day meeting includes a few opportunities to see first-hand some of the successful agricultural enterprises in the region, including a local vegetable business, a family-run vegetable farm, and a local fish processing plant,” Minister Joyce said.​​