The world spotlight will shine on Tasmanian agriculture when Launceston hosts the 22nd International Farm Management Association (IFMA) world congress in March 2019.
Up to 400 delegates will spend a week discussing farm management issues at the congress.
It will be held at the Grand Chancellor hotel between March 3 and 8, with tours of farms and agricultural organisations before and after the event.
Tasmanian organising committee chairman David Armstrong said the committee had been working on Launceston’s pitch for the event for the past two years.
The essence of the congress is to discuss the growth in value of agricultural output.David Armstrong, Congress organising committee chairman
The congress will focus on what governments, educators, researchers, farmers, consultants and commercial companies can do to increase food production.
“I’ve been to a few of these congresses and felt as though we could run it here and get international people to come here,” Mr Armstrong said.
The congress will be jointly hosted by the Department of State Growth and Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA).
“The essence of the congress is to discuss the growth in value of agricultural output. The Tasmanian government wants to grow agriculture tenfold by 2050,” he said.
Congress delegates will include universities, farmers, agricultural consultants and a range of people involved in farm management.
Mr Armstrong expects international delegates from South Africa, United States, Europe and New Zealand, as well as mainland Australia and Tasmania.
Primary Industries and Water minister Jeremy Rockliff met with IFMA council members last year when they visited Tasmania to consider Launceston’s suitability as a venue for the congress and pre- and post-conference tours.
“Tasmanian agriculture is categorised by our island biosecurity advantage, the diverse range of enterprises adopted on farm and we have some of the best examples of farmers producing high quality products for international markets through good farm management practices,” Mr Rockliff said.
“Agriculture is one of Tasmania’s great competitive strengths and a pillar of the Tasmanian economy. Through the Hodgman government’s comprehensive AgriFood Plan we are delivering on our target to grow the value of agriculture tenfold to $10 billion per year by 2050,” he said.
The congress will allow Tasmanian farmers and agricultural specialists the opportunity to access world experts in farm management practices.
“This event will be bringing a wealth of experience directly to our farmers and showcase our farmers and produce to the world when there is unprecedented interest in Tasmania,” Mr Rockliff said.
The IFMA world congress is held every two years, with the next event in Edinburgh, Scotland, in June.
Register interest for the 22nd IFMA world congress at www.ifma22.org