Media Release

Government delivering initiatives to strengthen Agriculture

13 May 2014

The Abbott Government is demonstrating its commitment to support the agriculture sector as a key driver of the Australian economy.

Despite a dire fiscal environment, we are delivering $150 million for our election commitments to strengthen the sector and drive farm gate profitability.

More for research and development, a stronger biosecurity system, better access to chemicals, and strong support for our besieged fishing sector, plus $320 million in a comprehensive drought support package announced earlier this year.

"We've had to consider what the priorities are and make sure that's where the funding goes," Minister Joyce said.

"This has been a tough Budget. For me it’s been about ensuring funding for agriculture goes toward helping our sector remain profitable and competitive into the future.

"The funding in this Budget goes toward practical measures that help farmers and producers to be competitive and get ahead of the game - this includes $100 million for applied research and development, $15 million to assist our small exporters with their export costs, and $8 million to improve access to agricultural and veterinary chemicals.

"We're also allocating $20 million to build a stronger biosecurity and quarantine system, to build on our existing preparedness and response capabilities as part of a national approach to biosecurity

"This includes funding for improving preparedness and ensuring there are resources immediately available to respond to and reduce the impact of pest and disease incursions on producers and their livelihoods.

"In fisheries, an additional $9 million has been allocated for a range of measures including more support for recreational and commercial fishing bodies, support for these groups to meet maritime standards, and a review of invasive marine pests."

For more information on the new measures, visit daff.gov.au/budget.