Tasmanian government invites submissions for agricultural green paper

FUTURE FARMING: Engineer Vsevolod Vlaskine, research fellow Zhe Xu, engineer Justin Clarke and science communication consultant Carl Larsen with RIPPA, an example of farming innovation. Picture: Phillip Biggs
FUTURE FARMING: Engineer Vsevolod Vlaskine, research fellow Zhe Xu, engineer Justin Clarke and science communication consultant Carl Larsen with RIPPA, an example of farming innovation. Picture: Phillip Biggs

Tasmania’s government has released a green paper review of agricultural research, development and extension activity.

This paper is part of the productivity improvements that will grow Tasmanian agriculture to $10 billion by 2050, Primary Industries minister Jeremy Rockliff said.

The activities to be reviewed include farm innovation, technology adoption and productivity to boost farmer’s profits and create jobs in regional areas.

“We are also looking forward and our aim is to ensure we have the right priorities and the right delivery model for RD&E services in Tasmania well into the future; whether it is investing in the right research programs or making better use of our research farm assets,” Mr Rockliff said.

“It is an opportunity to consider new and innovative ways to effectively maximise the impact of our investment and deliver outcomes that will grow the value of Tasmanian agriculture,” he said.

This review follows requests from industry organisations such as Tasmanian Farmers & Graziers Association, DairyTas, Tasmanian Agricultural Productivity Group, Fruit Growers Tasmania, Wine Tasmania and the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture.

Make a submission for the green paper at www.dpipwe.tas.gov.au/RDE before June 2.