The peak Tasmanian farming body has responded to calls from the Tasmanian Greens and members of the community, saying it would support an inquiry into wildlife management and conservation.
The calls came in the wake of data being released by the Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment Department that showed 22 active crop protection were held by golf clubs and 121 had been issued since 2016.
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Crop protection permits allow for the culling of various animals, including native and protected species, and have long been used in the agriculture industry to protect farming livelihoods.
Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association chief executive John McKew said he supported calls for the inquiry provided certain parameters were met.
"As long as the terms of reference are correct, and as long as there is representation particularly from the farming and agricultural community, [I would support it]," he said.
"That, from my point of view, is non-negotiable. We have to be at the table. If we're not at the table, then that sort of [inquiry] is not going to deliver what we need."
In the past it had been revealed crop protection permits, issued by DPIPWE, had led to the culling of several thousands of animals in Tasmania each year.
Conservation advocacy groups had said in the past they understood farmers were in a difficult position when it came to wildlife management.
Mr McKew said culling was an integral element of agriculture and helped farmers protect the "significant investment" they made into their crops.
"That level of investment, and ensuring farmers get an adequate return on that level of investment, is really important," he said.
"One of the issues from a TFGA perspective about wildlife is that it has a significant and demonstrable negative impact on many of our members, on their crops, on their production and on their profitability."
Mr McKew said finding that common ground would be the only way an inquiry would have any recognisable impact.
"We need to find a way we can work with all the parties to bring a really sensible solution to this wildlife issue whereby TFGA members are not going to be disadvantaged or hamstrung," he said.
A majority of our members understand that wildlife exists, but we've got to find a balance in how we manage that. We've got to be able to co-exist with them, not only from a farming point of view, but from an urban point of view.TFGA chief executive John McKew
"We have to find a way through whether that's from an [inquiry] committee or whether it's a rose by any other name, let's find a mechanism by which we can bring all interested parties together to try and find a solution to this problem."
Crop protections permits fall under Wildlife Regulations (2010) which is set to be updated this year.
Once the draft regulations have been released they will be open for public comment.
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