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TAS Country : May 31st 2012
8 Tasmanian Country Friday, June 1, 2012 Dairy industry to pump growth ROGER HANSON PRAISE: Sid Sidebottom THE dairy industry is well- placed to stand at the heart of Tasmania's economic expansion, says Parlia- mentary Secretary for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Sid Sidebottom. He has praised the innovative industry and highlighted strong prospects for its future growth in a speech to the Dairy Industry Associ- ation of Australia's (Tasmania) annual confer- ence at Cradle Mountain. ''Dairying should be at the heart of our state's economic expansion, but we need to align the attrac- tors to expand the num- bers of farms, farmers, skilled workers and herd- size, and look to innovative ways to attract the necess- ary social and financial capital to literally cash in on this generational opportunity,'' Mr Sidebot- tom said. ''A combination of first- class research, continued investment in training and a willingness and capacity to share information can give our dairy industry the edge in the international market place.'' He said the Tasmanian dairy industry was re- nowned for productivity through innovation. ''This innovation has contributed to milk pro- duction value more than doubling in the last decade from $147 million in 2000-01 to $312 million in 2010-11. ''The industry is also a strong regional employer with around 1900 people employed on-farm and 800 people in the process- ing sector.'' He said Tasmania was blessed with a comparative advantage in climate, soils, water and a relatively low cost, pasture-based milk production system. ''Our dynamic process- ing sector is well placed to thrive in an international market,'' he said. Mr Sidebottom said the Australian Government was partnering with the dairy industry with more than $18 million for Dairy Australia to undertake re- search, development and extension activities for the dairy industry. Dairy Australia is to get a further $1 million to help dairy farmers improve their energy efficiency and reduce energy costs. ''We've also invested $3.6 million in the world first SenseT data project -- de- veloped in Tasmania by the CSIRO, University of Tasmania and IBM -- which will provide real- time information on fac- tors such as temperature and rainfall and help Tas- manian farmers make bet- ter irrigation, fertiliser and harvesting decisions. ''Innovation, research and development is vital in ensuring Australia's rural industries remain globally competitive.'' While national milk production has declined by about 14 per cent over the past 10 years, Tasmania's production, buoyed by innovations, has boomed with a 22 per cent increase over the same period. News Connecting Australia to a better future National Broadband Network Authorised by the Australian Government, Capital Hill, Canberra The National Broadband Network is already delivering fast, reliable broadband to remote Australia "The NBN has had a massive impact on our business. We're in the centre of Australia, and we can now do our banking without travelling two-and-a-half hours away, and get real-time information, like weather reports. The old dial-up ser vice was frustratingly slow and unreliable, but the new satellite connection is very quick. The NBN now means we can go forward with our business." - Dave Paton, Helicopter Pilot Facts and benefits: The NBN will deliver access to high-speed, reliable broadband to all of Australia. The NBN rollout is underway, prioritising regional Australia. The NBN will include a range of technologies: optic fibre, fixed wireless and next-generation satellite services. Connecting to the NBN is simple. To learn more about the National Broadband Network, visit australia.gov.au/nbn or call 1800 023 076 Advertisement Water key to state growth, forum told From page 4 ''A lot of people purchas- ing water already have existing rights,'' he said. Mr Thompson said things to consider when looking at water trading were whether the water would be used as a com- plete supply or as sup- plementary water. It was also important to take into consideration if the water would be needed for the full irrigation season or part of it, the nature of the supply and the location of the irri- gation scheme. Some producers, such as dairy farmers, might need the water for a whole season while cropping far- mers might just require it to finish off crops such as poppies or potatoes, he said. Matching the available flow rates to the system requirements was essen- tial. Farmers could use co- operative rostering, if needed, to share the supply capacity. Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association chief executive Jan Davis said with water now flowing through irrigation sche- mes across the state, and more planned for the near future, things looked very positive for Tasmanian agriculture. Tasmania's agriculture sector was growing at an impressive 4 to 5 per cent a year, with predictions it could add another $5 bil- lion a year to the state's economy. ''Having new water for intensive irrigation will certainly help fuel this boom,'' Ms Davis said.
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