National Agriculture and Related Industries Day, the brainchild of Gina Rinehart, has been officially launched at Parliament House in Canberra today by Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce and National Farmers’ Federation President Fiona Simson.
AgForce is encouraging all Queenslanders to show their support for farmers and join in the celebrations for National AgDay on Tuesday 21 November.
AgForce General President Grant Maudsley says agriculture was a cornerstone of the Queensland economy and a vital contributor to society, underpinning tens of thousands of jobs in regional communities and thousands more in our cities.
“National AgDay provides an opportunity for all Queenslanders to celebrate and be proud about our contribution to feeding and clothing the world. The recent Agricultural Census revealed Queensland is now the most valuable agricultural state in the country, producing almost a quarter of Australia’s food and fibre.”
Over 330,000 Queenslanders are employed across the whole food supply chain, meaning that about one in seven Queenslanders are either partially or entirely supported by the food sector.
Mr Maudsley says that no matter where it may be in Queensland, agriculture provides employment opportunities and supports small businesses.
Mr Maudsley is encouraging all Queenslanders to join with the farmers and all those involved with agriculture and come together and celebrate the industry and way of life.
“On AgDay there are many ways you can mark the role of farming and the contribution it makes to the economic and social fabric of our state and our nation.”
“Host a lunch with all-Aussie produce making up the menu, fire up a community barbecue and raise money for a good cause or simply share a pic of fabulous food and fibre on social media.”
To find out more about AgDay and how to get involved, visit www.agday.org.au