The Opposition has congratulated those involved in Western Australia’s $11 billion agricultural industry and thanked them for their contribution to the state and national economy.
Opposition Leader Mia Davies said the sector sustained thousands of local jobs and kept the State’s economy thriving.
“Today is the perfect opportunity to celebrate our primary producers, truck and train drivers, port workers, business advisers, scientists, advocates and investors involved in this dynamic sector,” Ms Davies said.
“The theme for 2022 is celebrating innovation in ag which can be seen in our paddocks, in our livestock, and in our communities right across or State.
“Cutting edge technology has been used to boost production and capacity in all sectors within agriculture, whether it be drones to assess livestock movements or sensors to detect changes in soil conditions.
“West Australian primary producers are well known as early adopters of innovation and technology to improve productivity and sustainability and we should be loud and proud about this.”
Shadow Agriculture and Food Minister Colin de Grussa said National Agriculture Day threw a spotlight on the farmers and workers who produce the food for West Australian’s tables.
“At a time when global populations are increasing, it’s never been more important to have an abundance of fresh produce available and WA’s producers are at the heart of this,” Mr de Grussa said.
“Agriculture is the oldest industry in the world, so I’d encourage all West Australians to learn a little more about the sector, what makes it tick, and what’s needed to keep it thriving.
“Western Australia’s sustainable agriculture sector is a major driver of the State’s economy, with wheat exports, in particular, one of the most in-demand around the world.
“We must support our ag industry, our farmers and producers, and our regional communities here in WA to keep our economy alive and deliver the food and fibre a growing population needs.
“Agriculture is a pillar of our State’s economy and the fabric of our regional communities so it is essential any new WA Minister for Agriculture keeps our industry at the centre of the State Government’s focus.”