Joyce brings strong voice for agriculture

NSW Farmers has congratulated Barnaby Joyce on his appointment to the federal agriculture portfolio ensuring a strong and dynamic voice for the industry in government.

Association President Fiona Simson said Mr Joyce had a great affinity with agriculture, rural and regional communities and his appointment was welcomed by many farmers across the state and the nation.

“We are also pleased Senator Colbeck has been appointed parliamentary secretary ensuring continuity in the agriculture portfolio,” she said. 
Ms Simson said Deputy Prime Minister elect Warren Truss’ appointed to the infrastructure and regional development portfolio was also a good sign for agriculture because it enabled him to drive much needed infrastructure projects in regional Australia which were crucial for the future of the industry.

“We will be working through National Farmers Federation to ensure that agriculture and rural and regional Australia become a central pillar not an afterthought when it comes to the national agenda,” she said.

“It is important agriculture’s productivity, profitability and access to markets is a priority and we look forward to working with NFF and the new Abbott Government on these issues.”

Ms Simson also paid tribute to NSW MP John Cobb who was the Shadow Minister for Agriculture while the Coalition was in opposition.

“We had a great working relationship with John and thank him for all his hard work and commitment to our industry over recent years,” she said.

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