Did you know?
- There are at least 85,681 Australian agricultural businesses.
- Last year, Australian farms surpassed $60 billion in farm gate income, with cattle, wheat and whole milk our top three commodities by value.
- By 2020, half of the world’s population will be on Australia’s northern doorstep, representing unparalleled opportunities for Australia’s economy, especially our dynamic farm sector.
- Agriculture supports 1.6 million jobs from the city to the bush, in areas like retail, logistics, processing and many more.
- The Farrer Food Fair will be back in 2018!
Today marks National Agriculture Day, a day to celebrate and acknowledge the significant contribution our agricultural industries make across Farrer and the nation.
Farrer incorporates many ag-industries, including large-scale irrigation areas producing rice, grapes, cotton, irrigated cereals through to dairy, wool, fat lambs and cattle as well as citrus, horticulture and vegetables.
One of the cornerstones of the Australian economy, the nation’s agricultural production exceeded $60 billion for the first time in 2016–17.
To help promote just how important this industry is in our electorate, this year we staged the very first Farrer Food Fair at Parliament House in Canberra.
It is just one way of highlighting the magnificent food and wine which comes from the many growers and producers throughout my electorate of Farrer.
Last March, we presented a smorgasbord of locally-produced Sunrise Sushi, Riverina Rissoles, home-made pork pies and haggis, and a showcase from Griffith which produces one in every four glasses of Australian wine.
The Farrer Food Fair is back in 2018, on Wed 28 March. Please get in touch with my office if you would like to get involved.
In the meantime, happy National Agriculture Day!