Cotton Australia has welcomed today’s launch of the Australian Government's Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper, which addresses a number of issues raised by the industry.
Cotton Australia’s CEO, Adam Kay, welcomed the 'five pillars' outlook of the White Paper, which intend to (1) foster a more competitive agriculture business environment, (2) build infrastructure for the future, (3) increase resilience to drought and improve risk management, (4) improve research & development and natural resources, and (5) drive access to premium markets.
Mr Kay says the White Paper’s strategies address many of the issues raised by Cotton Australia in its submission to the Government during the consultation process.
"Cotton Australia had urged the Government to consider improvements to water infrastructure and markets, strengthen farm businesses, increase drought preparedness, improve the research and development system, strengthen Australian marketing efforts overseas and improve agricultural education,” Mr Kay says.
"We are pleased that the Government has addressed most of these critical areas in the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper, which is a shot in the arm for Australian agriculture."
“Of particular importance is the Government’s commitment to agricultural research and development. The White Paper identifies $100 million to extend the Rural R&D for Profit Program to 2021-22.”
“Australia’s cotton industry is the most efficient in the world because of its commitment to implementing practical outcomes from the latest research, and the White Paper promises better outcomes for research in the areas of technology, biosecurity, soil and natural resource management – all of which will benefit cotton growers.”
"We congratulate Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce on his efforts to advance Australia’s agricultural industries, and for keeping primary producers on the agenda of Federal Cabinet.”
“Australia’s cotton industry looks forward to working with Minister Joyce and the Government to implement its vision for a stronger agriculture sector, and the benefits which will flow to cotton growers.”
Cotton Australia is the peak representative body for Australia’s cotton growing industry.
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