Tasmanian rural stakeholders have been left unmoved by the Tasmanian budget.
Despite being described as "a cornerstone of the Tasmanian economy," there were no surprise infrastructure projects or other investments, with the bulk of the primary industry commitments already committed projects.
While they welcomed the investment, for example, in the irrigation space, both the Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association and Rural Business Tasmania said there were no surprises in the budget for primary producers.
Irrigation schemes for tranche three received $13.8 million for irrigation projects across the state, and a further $8.8 million allocated to support agricultural projects and support across many farming sectors.
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The already announced $1.9 million Agricultural Workforce Resilience Package was confirmed in the budget, including the Tassie Harvest Jobs - Take Your Pick campaign, the Safe Farming Tasmania program, and the AgriGrowth Liason officers.
Rural Business Tasmania chief executive Elizabeth Skirving said she believed the focus was not on primary industries in this year's budget because COVID-19 had not significantly impacted the industry.
"Agriculture has been able to continue relatively as normal during the COVID shutdown," she said.
"So that's possibly why there wasn't as much focus on agriculture in the budget."
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Ms Skirving said RBT welcomed the investment in irrigation and for the Agri-growth program, but would have liked to see more significant investment in agricultural education.
She said there would also be significant pressure placed on exporters and the freight and logistics space in the coming months and would have liked to have seen some more support for that industry announced in the budget.
TFGA chief executive Peter Skillern said the budget was a product of its time.
"The headline figure of $5 million for infrastructure projects that is welcome and will be positive for the agricultural sector," he said.
He said road and bridges projects would also assist the sector indirectly.
"The budget was a product of the time, and it aimed to address the challenges faced by the COVID-19 pandemic," he said.
Mr Skillern said while there were no surprises, he welcomed the continued investment in irrigation, saying it was an important project.