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NFF releases roadmap for industry growth
THE National Farm- ers’ Federation has released a new poli- cy roadmap aimed at propelling agriculture towards $100 billion in farm gate output by 2030.
The 2030 Roadmap, released recently at the NFF’s National Con- gress in Canberra, calls for co-ordinated action to accelerate the indus- try’s growth.
NFF president Fiona Simson said the Road- map sends a clear mes- sage the industry is ready to do things dif- ferently.
“Modelling by Agri- Futures Australia sug- gests a business as usual approach will see us grow to around $84 bil- lion in farmgate output by 2030 – but we know that by making smart choices we can go much further,” Ms Simson said.
Ms Simson said the drought currently crip- pling much of eastern Australia underscores the importance of a strong farm sector.
“Right now we’re see- ing first hand that when farming suffers a sea- sonal downturn, the im- pacts are widespread,” she said.
“But the converse is also true.
“A thriving farm sec- tor means more vibrant regional communities and more jobs right along the value chain.
“We’re lucky to have some great fundamen- tals fuelling our growth – notably a booming middle class on our Asian doorstep, which values Australian food and fibre.
“At the same time we’re facing stiff new competition, as emerg- ing competitors mod- ernise their farming sys- tems and export greater volumes into our key markets.
“We can’t take our
growth for granted. “We need a clear plan and a collaborative ef-
“That’s what the 2030
Roadmap seeks to achieve.”
Ms Simson empha- sised, however, that the 2030 Roadmap was not simply a plan for growth, it also sets a course for a more inno- vative, safe and sustain- able industry.
“By 2030 we want the industry to be advanced on its journey towards carbon neutrality,” she said.
“We’re committing to back policies and invest- ments that will cement Australia as a global leader in low-emissions agriculture.”
“The 2030 Roadmap also sets an aspiration to end on-farm fatalities.
“Last year 41 workers were killed on Austral- ian farms.
“While it may not be feasible to cut this num- ber to zero in the com- ing decade, we can’t aim for anything less.”
The aspirations and targets in the Roadmap are the result of detailed industry consultation – including the national Talking 2030 Roadshow which brought together almost 400 industry leaders.
“Our thanks must go to all those who vol- unteered their time to work with us on the Roadmap,” Ms Simson said.
“It’s been a true in- dustry-wide approach – from workshop attend- ees to industry organisa- tions and members who have helped us set our future direction.
“In particular, we also thank Telstra for part- nering with us on the Talking 2030 Roadshow and resourcing the enor- mous consultation effort which underpins the Roadmap.”
Ms Simson said the
hard work of delivering the plan begins now.
“We are calling on in- dustry and government to get behind the Road- map,” she said.
“The NFF cannot achieve the aspirations we’ve set in isolation.
“Success will require a team effort.”
Specifically, the NFF is calling on govern- ment to commit to a National Agriculture Strategy that will guide supporting policies and investment.
“Government has a critical role to play in delivering on the Road- map,” Ms Simson said.
“We need a co-ordi- nated commitment from all tiers of government, which isn’t subject to short-term political cy- cles.
“A National Agricul- ture Strategy – devel- oped in close consulta- tion with industry and endorsed by COAG – is a critical next step.”
The NFF will com- mence an annual report- ing cycle to measure performance against the Roadmap.
“To keep the Roadmap front of mind for all stakeholders, the NFF will release an annual report card which tracks our progress against key metrics,” Ms Simson said.
“This will keep us, the broader industry and government accountable to the plan.”
“We’re excited to start working with our mem- bers and stakeholders on getting this plan under way.
“It marks an exciting new chapter for the NFF and we hope it will play a valuable role in guid- ing our progress as an industry.”
For a full copy of the Roadmap, visit farmers. es-2030-roadmap
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Isn’t stainless steel more expensive?
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Can multiple sheds be connected to a single pump module?
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We can reduce the flow rate down to 30 percent of maximum with no over- heating issues or risk of damage to the pump motor. What is the minimum water pressure and flow rate required at the pump module?
Our pumps require a
minimum in-flow pres- sure of 20psi and a flow rate greater than the max- imum output of the pump.
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Can bore, channel or dam water be used?
Water quality is our big- gest problem but it can be overcome with a series of filters and water condi- tioners.
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How do I know how many litres of water per hour my system will use?
Our standard nozzle is known as the 0.2 and has a flow rate of 0.056 litres per minute.
Once you know how many nozzles you have in the system, multiply this by 0.056 to find your litres per minute.
How many misting lines will be required?
When designing a mist- ing line system, we aim for a 6m minimum spac- ing between lines.
The outside lines closest to the side of the building are set in at least 3m.
An example is based on an 18m-wide shed.
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Nozzles are normally spaced 1200mm apart. Will the humidity build up in my shed?
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Each shed is different and getting the maximum benefit out of the system will be determined by the operator on site.
Where normally the cur- tains will close complete-
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The system can be in- stalled by virtually any- one, with no trade required unless you are connecting to the electrical system for the pump power supply.
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