22 October 2020
CropLife Australia hosted its tenth annual Agricultural Industry Federal Budget Breakfast at the National Press Club in Canberra the morning after the Federal Budget was delivered.
Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management, the Hon. David Littleproud MP, gave details of the budget commitments specific to the agriculture portfolio, including the $328 million for Australia’s food and fibre exports.
CropLife Australia’s Chief Executive Officer, Matthew Cossey, highlighted that the entire agriculture sector has delivered this year when the nation most needed it, as a global pandemic caused the single greatest disruption to global food supply.
He stressed that the last six months has magnified that farming does not happen in isolation.
“If we expect farmers to be able to do what they do best, it is equally crucial that the critical input and support services and industries that farmers need to grow our food, feed and fibre, remain available to the farming sector. This is something that the plant science industry – along with many others – continues to dedicate itself to,” Mr Cossey said.
A video recording of the event is available online.