TFGA focus on 'clean green' brand

PROMOTION of the "clean green" brand is on the election campaign wish-list for the Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association.

TFGA chief executive Jan Davis said farmers wanted an incoming government to commit to investment on the promotion of "clean and green" food as a result of the state's ongoing moratorium on genetically modified crops.

Farmers also want a partnership approach on issues of strategic importance to the farming sector, such as reduction in "unnecessary regulatory imposts", and assurances that they will be involved in any changes to the planning system.

Also on the wish-list:

•Establishment of a farm productivity and innovation fund.

•Establishment of a HECs model loan scheme.

•Introduction of concessional stamp duty scheme for young farmers.

•Meet half the cost of damage caused to farm fences and infrastructure by fires spreading from publicly owned land.

•Investment in a program to minimise damage of high value crops by browsing animals and nuisance birds.

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