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TAS Country : May 10th 2012
Friday, May 11, 2012 Tasmanian Country 7 News Libs plan to invest $5m in ag sector KAROLIN MacGREGOR WILL HODGMAN THE Tasmanian Liberals have launched a plan they say will grow the state's agricultural sector 10-fold by 2050. Liberal leader Will Hodgman and Opposition primary industries spokes- man Jeremy Rockliff yesterday un- veiled the party's Agri-Vision 2050 plan. The plan would be kick-started by a $4.95 million investment over the first four years. Mr Hodgman said the emphasis would be on innovation, research, skills development, sustainability and long-term post-farmgate value adding. The plan includes establishing a specialised division within the state service, using existing resources to deliver the 2050 blueprint and ensure a whole of government approach to developing the food and agriculture sector. In the first four years, the Liberals' plan would include spending $1.5 mil- lion on a Water For Profit program that would ensure farmers have the right skills and information to make the most of their irrigation investments. This would include soil mapping, land capability and crop sustainability assessments and market demand ap- praisals. The plan would also see an invest- ment of $900,000 in border protection including more frontline infrastruc- ture includ- ing detector dog teams. Under the plan, re- search and development would also be given a boost, with a spend of $800,000 on a collabor- ation fund to better align agricultural research with the goals of local farmers and industry. The Liberals would also invest $600,000 on farm productivity manage- ment planning, $450,000 for agriculture skills development and $250,000 for a low interest HECS-style loan scheme to assist farmers turn new ideas into profit-making enterprises. The Liberals say they would get rid of the Intergovernmental Forestry Agreement and invest $450,000 in a Private Forestry Development Program to help grow the sector. This would include providing practi- cal grower initiatives and extension services and would also explore bio- energy as an option for wood wastes. Mr Hodgman said all of these initiat- ives would be fully funded through the Liberal's upcoming alternative budget. BOOMING BUSINESS: Woolnorth is Australia's biggest dairy farm and is planning to expand. Picture: CHRIS KIDD of Tasmanian devils, and clear-felling large areas to make way for grazing land would be catastrophic for this species,'' Ms O'Connor said. ''The changes to the Permanent Native Forest Estate Policy last year permit the minister, rather than the Forest Practices Authority, to decide on appli- cations to clear areas larger than the 40ha per property per annum.'' VDL Company is 98.42 per cent owned by Tasman Farms. HIGHLY EVOLVED LICE CONTROL RAIN, HAIL OR SHINE Don t let rain get in your way when treating lice. AVENGE has you covered with its Rainfast Technology. And with up to 7 days to treat shorn sheep, no other knockdown gives you the flexibility to treat sheep when it suits you. AVENGE delivers: 2 AVENGE lets you do the job once and do it right. Ask your call toll free 1800 283 643. 1 2 3 FEATURE 1 AVENGE EXTINOSAD (Off shears) MAVERICK Protective period 4 weeks protection against re-infestation2 Rainfast After shearing, apply within 7 days 24 hrs 24 hrs No penning required after application Hold in yards Treats unshorn lambs 3
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