Farmers have taken to social media to voice their frustration over what they see as an erosion of their role as a key agricultural commodity.
The Federal Government is investing $5.5 billion in a new $20 billion agri-technology program that will see it invest in agricultural technologies and technology to increase productivity.
But the farmers’ association is concerned that a lack of investment is creating a bottleneck in the agri industry.
“We’re seeing this trend of investment in the agricultural sector in the short-term only at the cost of jobs in the long-term,” Mr McLeod said.
“The government has a responsibility to ensure that the investment is actually needed.”‘
It’s going to be difficult’The Federal Farmers’ Federation has urged farmers to keep working in the agriculture sector.
“It’s a very difficult thing to do in this sector and we don’t know how long that will last,” Mr McKenzie said.
Farmers have already lost a quarter of their jobs in Australia over the past decade.
The federation has called on the Government to allocate $2 billion over four years to support rural and regional agriculture.
“I think the time has come to look at how we can be the best farmers and be the farmers who we want to be,” Mr McKelvey said.
Mr McKenzie is hopeful that the Government will allocate $5 billion to help farmers in the future.
“A lot of people have had a very good start in this industry,” he said.
Topics:business-economics-and-finance,farm-lending,industry,technology,australiaFirst posted April 15, 2021 11:01:51More stories from New South Wales