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WHAT NSW FARMERS
Reforms to the Country of Origin Labelling laws so families can be sure the food they buy is truly Australian
Reduced the burden of the Federal Government’s backpacker tax on horticultural growers
Increased funding for biosecurity to keep exotic plant pests and diseases out of our horticulture sector
Expanded the emergency on-farm water infrastructure rebate to cover permanent horticultural plantings
WHERE NSW FARMERS
IS GOING NEXT:
Developing opportunities for horticultural exports from the Western Sydney Airport
Reducing the cost of on-farm energy and developing value-adding opportunities
Working with the Future Food Systems Co-Operative Research Centre to create regional food hubs
WHAT NSW FARMERS IS
Extending the flying fox netting subsidy to cover remaining un-netted orchards
Increasing legislative recognition of Right to Farm through planning regulation
Giving horticulture producers more options for accessing skilled and nonskilled labour on-farm
A MESSAGE FROM THE NSW FARMERS
HORTICULTURE COMMITTEE CHAIR
I joined NSW Farmers in 2004 because I wanted to have someone on my side when there are threats to the horticulture industry. NSW Farmers offers my business protection when problems arise, e.g. urban encroachment and spray drift. We also benefit from industrial relations services to help manage our workforce.
Becoming a member gave me a bigger voice to get results from government. NSW Farmers has led a major change in getting the governments to recognise horticulture as part of the broader agricultural industry. This means we’re now eligible for drought support, and we’ve benefited from programs such as flying fox netting subsidies.
As the chair of the Horticulture Committee, my priorities are keeping family farms sustainable, allowing our sons and daughters to continue managing the farm, and generally getting a better deal for farmers.
We are stronger together. The more members we have, the more powerful we become.