The impact of climate change on growth in Australia's agricultural sectors was among the topics discussed as agricultural ministers from each state and territory in Australia and New Zealand attended a conference in Launceston this week.
It was the first time the city has hosted AGMIN, which included ministers taking tours of Northern Tasmanian wineries, grazing, cropping and dairy businesses.
Tasmania's 15 completed and 10 future irrigation schemes were also showcased, with delegates meeting with the board of the Cressy-Longford Irrigation Scheme and the chief executive officer of Tasmanian Irrigation.
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While the impacts of climate change were already being felt on Tasmania's drought-stricken East Coast, Agriculture Minister Guy Barnett said there was the potential for growth through mitigation efforts.
"Tasmania's a cool climate state, and there are opportunities to take advantage of, obviously, a warmer climate over time," he said.
"For example we've provided funding support - $150,000 for research purposes for the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture to work with farmers on the East Coast to adapt to the changing climate.
"The opportunities for growth relate to the better use of water, the wiser use of water, for irrigation purposes. We have now built 15 major irrigation projects with plans for another 10, with five that are progressing very positively over the coming years.
"They will provide opportunities for growth and jobs in regional areas."
As the climate continues to trend warmer, wine growing conditions in Tasmania could improve compared with the mainland.
But Mr Barnett said it was not a matter of Tasmania poaching other states' export markets.
"We're in a different market. We're more of a premium brand," he said.
"It's all about natural advantages and competitive strength, and Tasmania has many, and we are growing in that regard with significant growth in wine production."