Today is the inaugural Agriculture and Related Industries Day, which has been created to recognise the understated contributions made by Australia’s farm sector.
Senator Bridget McKenzie said AgDay was an opportunity for Australians to reflect on the crucial role agriculture plays in Australia’s economy as an employer, source of export income, and in feeding millions of people.
“An average farmer feeds 400 Australians each year, and another 600 elsewhere the world,” Senator McKenzie said.
“With 86,000 farms in Australia, they play a critical role feeding not just Australians, but millions of people abroad as well.”
AgDay is a joint initiative of the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, the National Farmers’ Federation, Hancock Prospecting, and Coles Supermarkets.
NIC CEO, Steve Whan, says “the first National Ag Day is a great initiative from the NFF and it is an opportunity to acknowledge the role of the irrigated agriculture sector in producing the food we love to eat and the cotton we wear."
In 2015-16, the total Gross Value of Irrigated Agricultural Production (GVIAP) for Australia was $15 billion. Total GVIAP represented 27% of Australia's total Gross Value of Agricultural Production (GVAP) of $56.0 billion in 2015-16.
As Australia’s population continues to grow, demand for Australia irrigated agriculture product will also continue to grow.
For more information, visit www.agday.org.au