26 September 2023

Roadmap charts course to greener farming

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The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) has developed a new ‘road map’ for low missions in the State’s agriculture.

Entitled Low Emissions Agriculture Roadmap 2022-2032, the Department charts a route for the State to achieve even cleaner and greener food and fibre production, while remaining a world leader in agriculture.

In its production, DAF cooperated with the agricultural industry and Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO).

As a result it said, the Roadmap contains ways to create the best conditions for a sustainable future for agriculture across five focused pathways.

The Department said these were: Livestock emissions; Cropping and horticulture emissions; On-farm energy opportunities; Carbon farming and landscape management, and Regions and supply chains.

Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries, Mark Furner said the Roadmap would help agribusinesses thrive at the same time as they reduced greenhouse gas emissions.

“It will give producers clarity on how they can actively prepare and implement practice change to manage risks to their business,” Mr Furner said.

“Those who implement plans to lower greenhouse gas emissions now will have fewer transition costs and disruption to their business than those who delay and find themselves urgently responding to market forces.”

He said the aim of producing the Roadmap now was to provide a structured, smooth transition, while minimising dramatic changes.

“Now is the time to take action — adopt the roadmap’s strategies and receive the benefits of secure long-term economic and social prosperity,” the Minister said.

“However, this is not a set-and-forget approach — we will keep refining the Roadmap as over time we develop even more emissions reductions solutions.”

The Department’s Low Emissions Agriculture Roadmap 2022-2032 can be accessed at this PS News link.

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