06 July 2023
Tasmania's peak farming body, Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers, this week successfully hosted 16 of the state's prominent agricultural organisations, holding a groundbreaking event for the Agricultural industry
Held at the Western Tiers Distillery in Westbury, the event hosted by the Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers, sought to break down industry silos, foster collaboration and celebrate the significant contributions of Tasmania's agricultural sector, valued at $2.3 billion in economic activity.
TFGA president Ian Sauer said the gathering is a platform for key decision-makers and influences from across the supply chain, including processors, suppliers, service providers and industry peak bodies.
Mr Sauer said, "By bringing together key stakeholders, we aim to emphasise the sector's collective voice and work towards shared outcomes that will benefit the whole industry. This event showcases the strong unity and commitment within Tasmania's agricultural sector.
"We encourage attendees to explore opportunities so we can collectively drive the sector forward. It's about discussing the big issues that will shape the industry's future," said Mr Sauer.
Several topics emerged from the discussion and garnered concern amongst attendees, including labour, education, training, and rising energy costs.
Mr Sauer said, "Across the supply chain, there is an increasing reliance on energy-intensive technology and energy-intensive processes, and as a result, energy prices are now a critical factor and significant cost burden across the supply chain.
"The industry also acknowledges the need for concerted efforts to attract the next generation, requiring a fit-for-purpose system that engages young people on the opportunities a career in food and fibre industries can provide. There is also widespread concern among all stakeholders in the supply chain regarding the ongoing labour shortage now and into the future.
"This situation poses a painful reality across various agricultural enterprises, where access to labour, education pathways, training, and affordable energy, is crucial for sustainability and growth, aligning with Tasmania's aim of reaching $10 billion annually in farm gate value by 2050." Mr Sauer said.