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Profit: building sustainable businesses

Australian agriculture is the most volatile sector in the nation’s economy, yet our producers are still among the most self-sufficient in the world, even in the face of unrelenting climate variability and prolonged drought. But strong regions need strong farm businesses. It’s by investing in the strength of farming businesses that Queensland invests in the strength of its regions.

Each issue below is linked to a section of our Strong Regions for a Strong Queensland policy platform (PDF).

Challenge

Climate variability takes a toll on farming families.

Solution

Develop enduring policy to help producers prepare, manage, and recover quickly.

Benefits

Strong rural communities, environments, and economies.

Challenge

Lack of formal engagement with the agricultural sector during initial disaster responses.

Solution

Review the State Disaster Management Plan, to include agricultural networks in the response plan.

Benefits

Assistance is more rapidly 
delivered to critically-affected farm businesses and families.

Challenge

Excessive government charges reduces farmer investment in risk management.

Solution

Remove duty on agricultural insurance and all family farm transfers, and enable land tenure upgrades.

Benefits

Allow farm businesses to adequately invest in productivity and innovation measures, reducing exposure to risk.

Challenge

Untapped market opportunities in dynamic commodity markets.

Solution

Government to develop new market options and help farmers capitalise on them.

Benefits

Allows businesses to manage volatility by spreading business risk across markets.

Will you stand with regional Queensland?

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