On National Agriculture Day the Australian government confirmed it remains committed to advancing agriculture and reinforcing its significance on the world stage.
The Ag2030 plan sets out the government’s current actions to support the agricultural sector’s ambitious goal of growing to a $100 billion industry by 2030.
National Agriculture Day, celebrated on 20 November in 2020, was created a chance for all Australians to acknowledge farmers and thank them for ensuring safe, fresh, and reliable supplies of food.
In acknowledging the National Farmers Federation’s initiatives for National Agriculture Day, Minister for Agriculture, David Littleproud said the future for agriculture was looking up.
“It has been a tough year for all Australians, with drought, bushfire, and a pandemic,” Minister Littleproud said.
“Our agricultural industries and communities have again shown their strength and flexibility in both responding to these emerging challenges and taking advantage of new opportunities.
“We’re putting our shoulder to the wheel with the agricultural sector to reach its goal of a $100 billion industry by 2030.
“We are delivering our Ag2030 plan, driving job creation and economic growth, while supporting recovery from drought, bushfires, and impacts of COVID-19.
“Australia is among the top 15 agricultural exporters in the world, exporting about 70 per cent of production to 192 countries, and we remain committed to expanding these opportunities.
“At the heart of our agricultural industries and communities are the people who make it all happen. I thank our rural and regional Australian’s who are the backbone of our vibrant agriculture sector.
“Today is about looking to the bright future ahead for our farmers and great regional communities.
Fast Facts for the Ag2030 plan
· Ag2030 website: www.agriculture.gov.au/ag-farm-food/ag2030
· Total value of agriculture, fisheries and forestry was $66.5 billion in 2019-20.
· 70% of agricultural production was exported, worth $53.2 billion to the nation.
· Nearly 90,000 farms employed around 319,000 workers or 3 per cent of the Australian workforce (ABS, as of August 2020).