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QLD launches low emissions plan for agriculture

The Low Emissions Agriculture Roadmap 2022-2032 charts a route for Queensland to achieve cleaner, greener food and fibre production as well as improved supply chains.

This Roadmap was released earlier today by the Palaszczuk Government and is the result of a productive co-design approach with industry, with key themes and actions identified in a CSIRO report.

Five focus pathways for a sustainable future in the state’s agriclture includes: livestock emissions, cropping and horticulture emissions, on-farm energy opportunities, carbon farming and landscape management, regions and supply chains.

“Those who implement plans to lower greenhouse gas emissions now will have fewer transition costs and disruption to their business than those who delay and find themselves urgently responding to market forces,” said Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries and Minister for Rural Communities, Mark Furner.

“This Roadmap was written following an extensive consultation process between the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries and key industry partners.

“The aim is to provide a structured, smooth transition, while minimising dramatic changes.

“Now is the time to take action – adopt the roadmap’s strategies and yield the benefits of secure long-term economic and social prosperity.

“But this is not a set and forget approach—we will keep refining the roadmap as over time we develop even more emissions reductions solutions.”

The Roadmap, according to AgForce CEO, Mike Guerin, will help producers by providing key areas to prioritise their focus including natural asset management, business profitability and risk management.

“Queensland’s producers recognise the importance of adopting new practices and technologies to ensure the long-term sustainability of their industry,” he said.

“As proud and responsible contributors to the state’s economy, we recognise the importance of supporting the roadmap and doing what we can to lower emissions to promote long-term sustainability.”

Queensland Farmers’ Federation CEO, Jo Sheppard, said the roadmap will assist in providing clarity to farmers about options available as they embark on their own low emissions journey.

“As Queensland agriculture strives to respond in meaningful and sustainable ways to continuing global demand for a transition to low emissions production, the roadmap will help coordinate some of the messaging in what is becoming an increasingly crowded marketplace,” she said.

“A strong agriculture sector is important to us all and we need to make sure that farmers are supported to achieve environmental outcomes whilst still being able to do what they do best in producing the world’s best food, fibre and foliage.

“It is so important that Government works closely with industry to ensure the future economy of agriculture to safeguard the future of all Queenslanders to achieve our ultimate goals of a viable, sustainable agriculture sector, sound environmental outcomes and stronger regional communities.”

Roadmap fast facts

Plan for industry-led research into methane reduction stock feeds for livestock.
Industry-led support for development of green fertiliser options.
Exploring opportunities to promote on-farm use of renewable energy.
Industry-led development of info portal to educate producers on carbon farming options.
Review of preferred futures and actions after five years.

In other news, Western Australian grain growers are set to benefit from CBH Group’s new Kwinana Fertiliser Facility.

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