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Agriculture continues to be a driving economic force

New England and the North West region of New South Wales continues to play an important role in the state’s agricultural production with strong growth across its diverse agricultural sector.

Speaking at the ABARES Tamworth Regional Outlook Conference, Senator for Victoria, Bridget McKenzie, highlighted the resilience and sustained success of the local agricultural industry.

“Farmers in New England and North West of NSW manage around ten per cent of the state’s land and make a fundamental contribution to the economic success of the entire region and the growing national and global demand for food,” Senator McKenzie said.

“This important agricultural region contains 16 per cent of all farm businesses in NSW and in 2015-16, agricultural production was worth $2.8 billion, which represented just over a fifth of the total value of agriculture in the state.

“The most significant commodities in the region were cattle and calves ($741 million), followed by cotton ($442 million) and wheat ($390 million).

“The theme for the ABARES Outlook Conference in Tamworth is Innovation in agriculture—capturing the opportunities and this couldn’t be more appropriate for this region.

“Agricultural producers in New England and the North West region have always been natural, resourceful and resilient innovators,” Senator McKenzie said.

Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Luke Hartsuyker, said the farming community of New England makes a fundamental contribution not only to the economic success of the entire region, but to the growing national and global demand for food.

“Through generations of farmers, they have never been afraid of trying new ways to get the most out of their land.

“We believe that supporting farmers to innovate and be as productive as possible is core government business, that is why the Government will continue to do everything we can to back farmers from New England and the North West into the future,” Minister Hartsuyker said.

Source: Australian Government

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