Queensland’s integral role in our nation’s agricultural story has been highlighted by the Queensland Farmers’ Federation (QFF) as part of the inaugural National Agriculture Day on 21 November 2017.
With over 85% of Australians living in urban areas, we are one of the most urbanized countries in the world and while many in our cities ‘get’ that Australia has farmers and an Ag Industry, they often forget the vital role the industry plays on a daily basis in maintaining their lifestyle- from a health and economic viewpoint.
National Ag Day is, according to QFF, a chance for everyone to reflect on the pivotal role agriculture has played in our history, celebrate its successes and to get excited about its bright future.
QFF President Stuart Armitage says that there was a lot for Queenslanders to be proud of when celebrating our State’s agriculture sector and farmers that produce the highest quality food, fibre and foliage.
“Queensland now accounts for about 24% of Australia’s overall production value, making it the number one agricultural state in the country.”
“This really should not come as a surprise with the 26,000 farm businesses operating across 84% (144 million hectares) of the State.”
“The sector is worth nearly $20 billion and employs over 315,000 Queenslanders across the whole food supply chain, supporting rural, regional and metropolitan economies.”
Mr Armitage says many Queenslanders acknowledge that our farmers are essential, however few truly understand the scale and quality of the food, fibre and foliage they produce.
“For example; how many people would know that one Queensland dairy farm on average produces enough milk for over 12,000 people a year? Or that nurseries produce over 636 million plants for food, fibre and foliage every year?”
National Ag Day provides an opportunity to not only celebrate, but to educate the broader public about the critical role farmers play in sustaining our everyday life.
For a national breakdown of Australia’ agriculture’s worth and value visit: www.agday.org.au