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TAS Country : May 24th 2012
Friday, May 25, 2012 Tasmanian Country 11 News VISION: Opposition primary industries spokesman Jeremy Rockliff, left, and Liberal leader Will Hodgman watch Ollie Vidor and shearer Colin Hill. Opposition s $10b view for agriculture ROGER HANSON AN agricultural vision for 2050 was relaunched in the alternative Budget this week. Most of the package was announced earlier this month. Tasmanian Opposition Leader Will Hodgman said his party would invest $4.95 million over four years to kick- start the AgriVision 2050 Plan -- with a hope to expand the industry tenfold to $10 billion a year by 2050. ''We believe in resource security for the fishing industry and will remove bureaucratic obstacles to encourage the growth of agriculture and fisheries in our economy,'' Mr Hodgman said. He said agriculture was one of the five pillars of the future economy. The alternative Budget contained a provision of $1.5 million for a Water for Profit program for farmers to be equipped with the skills and infor- mation to maximise investment in irrigation. Other provisions included: $800,000 for a Research and Develop- ment Innovation Collaboration Fund to better align agricultural research with the goals of farmers and indus- try. $600,000 to improve on-farm pro- ductivity and sustainability. $450,000 to deliver a skilled work- force for the future and revitalise farm sector employment and training. $450,000 outlaid for private forest industry development to support and expand this sector. $250,000 to develop a low-interest, profit-contingent loan scheme to give farmers, fruit growers and agrifood businesses the financial support to turn great ideas into long-term profit- making enterprises through a HECS- style scheme. ''We will leverage off Tasmania's exceptional brand to best position our primary producers to take advantage of the challenge of global food secur- ity,'' Mr Hodgman said. ''And we will strongly promote our safe food supply by continuing to demonstrate Tasmania's high en- vironmental standards in primary production, animal welfare and natural resource management, and increase investment in research and development.'' Greens urge branding for Tassie produce UNIQUE PUSH: Nick McKim wants to promote Tasmanian produce. ROGER HANSON ' Produced in Tasmania' would become a bigger and better version of Made in Australia'' IN their Budget response, the Tasman- ian Greens outlined a vision to invest in, and develop, a whole-of-government approach to aggressively promote the state's unique products. Greens leader Nick McKim says Tasmanian businesses are innovative, clever and resourceful, but more needs to be done to use our unique brand to promote what we produce. ''The Greens would develop a whole- of-government approach to aggressive- ly promote Tasmania and our unique products in exclusive interstate and overseas markets,'' he said. ''This would involve strategic identification of growth markets, and smart market- ing using specifically targeted and well- defined online and viral approaches.'' Mr McKim said investment dollars would go towards developing a flexible ''Produced in Tasmania'' promotional resource that recognised the state's unique brand values. ''Imagine HGP-free and cruelty-free pork marketed as 'Produced in Tas- mania' and 100 per cent guaranteed humane and hormone-free,'' he said. ''Or Tasmania's eggs, marketed as 'Produced in Tasmania' and 100 per cent guaranteed cruelty-free eggs. Im- agine agricultural products marketed as 'Produced in Tasmania' and 100 per cent guaranteed GE-free. ''Or manufactured products mar- keted as 'Produced in Tasmania' with 100 per cent guaranteed renewable energy. 'Produced in Tasmania' would become a bigger and better version of 'Made in Australia'.'' Mr McKim said these unique mar- keting advantages were an asset to many of the state's economic sectors. ''With smart, targeted marketing, they will help drive our ongoing economic transition,'' he said. ''Tasmanian products can and must thrive even more in niche markets where we can leverage our Tasmanian brand image to obtain a price premium above our competitors.'' Mr McKim said the Greens' Budget negotiations included a proposal to announce Tasmania's intention to ban battery hen farming, and provide a transition package to help the free- range and non-cage egg production industry to expand. ''There would be a ban on any new battery farms or cages, and a cap on the current hen stock introduced, while the transition plan is finalised,'' he said. ''This shifts Tasmania in the eyes of the nation and the world. 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