7th September 2017 The Land
FARMERS make a massive contribution to Australia’s society and economy and it is time to celebrate the sector’s vital significance to the country.
That is the motivation behind a new national initiative, National Agriculture and Related Industry Day.
The event is the brainchild of Kidman and Co. co-owner Gina Rinehart. Now the National Farmers Federation will take the lead in running AgDay, supported by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources and a host of farm industry groups.
Agriculture generates $60 billion of on-farm production, feeds 61 million people globally, is our second largest export industry and drives local economies across the country, employing more than 1.5 million workers.
“This is a day for people who grow food, eat food and move food,” said Liverpool Plains farmer and NFF president Fiona Simson.
AgDay organisers want to light a fire in backyard barbecues and get prime produce sizzling in the city and country.
“Why not host a lunch with all Aussie-produce making up the menu, fire up a community barbecue and raise money for a good cause or simply share a pic of fabulous food or fibre on your social media networks,” Ms Simson said.
“All Australians can feel a sense of pride in our nation’s contribution to feeding and clothing the world,” said Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce said.
AgDay will be held on November 21. A website has a bunch of handy tips on getting involved, and a social media campaign sports the hashtag #AgDay.