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TAS Country : May 24th 2012
Friday, May 25, 2012 Tasmanian Country 5 News TASMANIAN ALKALOIDS Value Adding in Tasmania Tasmanian Alkaloids are expanding our growing area this season. Talk to your local TasAlk Field Officer, or Phone 6393 5202 2058341-120413 Fears for growth of farming industry From Page 3 have native forest areas will be locked into keeping them in perpetuity, rather than converting any into productive farmlands. ''This poses a double cost on farmers the income foregone from locking up the land; and also the costs of maintaining it .'' Tasmania has a land- mass of 6,852,000ha, of which about 3,389,200ha (49.5 per cent of the state) is covered by forest. The for- est estate can be broadly split into two categories --- native forest and plan- tation forest. Of that 858,000ha is pri- vately owned native forest, and 201,000ha of plantation forests on private land, including that owned by the industrial forestry companies. ''This will come at a time when the agriculture in- dustry is one of the few in the state that is showing any sign of growth,'' she said. ''So Tasmania, with one per cent economic growth predicted, half that of the nation, and little private sector investment that re- sults in on-the-ground con- struction, has a real battle ahead.'' Ms Davis said she found it illogical that agriculture should have been treated so shabbily. The State Budget an- nounced funding of $1.5million in 2012-13 and $1million in 2013-14 for Intensive Animal Farming Industry Development. This new initiative aims to increase the ability of Tas- manian producers engaged in intensive animal farm- ing to respond to market trends where consumers are sensitive to animal welfare. Secretary of the Tasman- ian Island Pork Alliance (TIPA), Malcolm Cowan, welcomed the announce- ment of assistance to pig farmers to transition out of using sow stalls. ''It is an expensive exer- cise for these small, family- owned businesses. TIPA is heartened by the govern- ment's offer or practical assistance to transition in the shorter timeframe that was originally proposed,'' Mr Cowan said. In 2010 Australian Pork Ltd members committed voluntary phase out of ges- tation stalls by 2017. ''This was a direct re- sponse to shifting de- mands. Tasmanian pork producers are not afraid of change,'' he said. The wish list SUBMISSION: Support for the establish- ment of a private forest industry develop- ment program. RESPONSE: FAIL SUBMISSION: The TFGA seeks support for continued funding for the Wealth from Water and Sense-T programs, and immedi- ate resourcing to enable finalisation of the state water management program. RESPONSE: FAIL SUBMISSION: Support for establishment of an integrated whole-farm biosecurity planning model; the establishment of a government biosecurity advisory com- mittee; ongoing government commitment to fund agency biosecurity capacity; and ongoing government commitment to work with the Federal Government to implement Beale Review recommendations. RESPONSE: FAIL SUBMISSION: The TFGA seeks support for implementation of the Agriculture Skills Development Plan. RESPONSE: FAIL SUBMISSION: Support for the establish- ment of a FarmSafe Tasmania Program. RESPONSE: FAIL SUBMISSION: Support for establishment of a whole of government rural taskforce. RESPONSE: FAIL SUBMISSION: Seeks government co- investment in a program to minimise damage of high-value crops by browsing animals and nuisance birds. RESPONSE: FAIL SUBMISSION: Seeks support for immedi- ate implementation of the Cat Manage- ment Act 2009; and establishment of a broad-based invasive animals program. RESPONSE: PASS SUBMISSION: Seeks support for estab- lishment of a statewide weed management program. RESPONSE: FAIL SUBMISSION: Seeks support for the development of a good neighbour charter that outlines a clear intent by public land- owners to manage the spread of fire, the wildlife and weeds across property bound- aries; and the immediate commitment by government to meet half the cost of dam- age caused by farm fences and infrastruc- ture by fires spreading from publicly owned land. RESPONSE: FAIL SUBMISSION: Seeks a commitment from government to join in a partnership ap- proach on issues of strategic importance to the farming sector. RESPONSE: FAIL 1 18 The TFGA s submission can be found on its website at www.TFGA.com.au Result:
May 10th 2012
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