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TAS Country : May 10th 2012
4 Tasmanian Country Friday, May 11, 2012 News Primary producers left out of Budget From page 3 ''To do that, we have to make Tasmanian agricul- ture more competitive by removing impediments that will prevent farmers from doing more, better. ''If the farming and ag- ribusiness sector grow, it will create more wealth for the state, it will create more local jobs and it will generate more export in- come. That is how Tas- mania will pull its weight.'' Ms Davis said the Budget had gone some way in recognising the key role agriculture was playing in underpinning the nation's economy. She said ad- ditional funds for bio- security and natural re- source management activities were welcome. A commitment of $379.9 million was given towards a new post entry quaran- tine centre, as well as funding towards pest and disease eradication efforts. ''In order to build a really strong platform for future growth the Federal Government needs to in- vest in productivity-based research, infrastructure and tools to manage risk,'' Ms Davis said. The Caring for Our Country program will be funded for another five years, recognising the vital role farmers play in caring for natural resources. However, the Budget was rotten for some fruit growers. Apple and Pear Australia Limited (APAL) announced it will continue to seek funding after the Budget failed to recognise Australian apple growers. APAL had sought an investment package of $21.9 million through its Aussie Apple Accord to help growers become inter- nationally competitive by transitioning them to best- practice orchard manage- ment techniques. APAL managing direc- tor Jon Durham, who has kicked off a national tour of apple growers, said it was disappointing to see the Government once again ignore the plight of apple growers, leaving farming jobs and the com- munities that rely on them particularly vulnerable. ''Without additional funding from the Govern- ment, the industry could face widespread job losses, which would have a devas- tating impact on many rural communities,'' he said. ''While [I know] the Minister for Agriculture Joe Ludwig is sympathetic to the plight of rural Aust- ralia, it is disappointing to see that once again the current Government is dis- interested in investing in the sustainability of Aust- ralian apple growers.'' APAL chairman John Lawrenson said though ap- ple growers were a resili- ent bunch, resilience alone could only stretch so far. ''Growers are nervous. Many are already running at a loss and it's only so long they can operate like this before they leave the industry,'' he said. Mr Lawrenson said ap- ple growers had been hit with recent changes to Government policy, mean- ing that for the first time in 90 years international ap- ple imports have been al- lowed. The Budget removes funds for agricultural programs such as Farm- Ready, the National Weeds and Productivity Program, and components of the Com- munity Networks and Ca- pacity Building programs. Weather radar a boost for farmers From Page 3 Mr Riley said Mt Koonya had been chosen as the radar location be- cause of its position, which will allow for the best coverage. The radar, which sits at about 478m above sea level, has also been made higher than usual to make sure it can still work effectively as the surrounding forest grows taller. As well as rainfall, the radar also records wind speed and direction at dif- ferent levels. Mr Riley said this sort of information could be criti- cal, especially at times of bushfire activity. ''Knowing which direc- tion the wind is heading and how fast it's going and when it's changing are things that could be ex- tremely valuable for the fire service when there are bushfires,'' he said. Data from the radar is also being combined with information from a net- work of rain gauges to create rainfall total maps for the southern region. The rainfall totals for different areas over a 24-hour period are shown on the maps, which are coloured according to how much rain has fallen. Mr Riley said this infor- mation could be useful for farmers who may have properties in different areas to where they live. He said it could also be useful for those who do not have their own on farm rain gauge and want to know how much irrigation may be needed at certain times of the year. Information sessions to help farmers get the most out of the new radar and the data it provides will be held over the next few weeks. 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