23 May 2019
Guy Barnett MP
2019-20 Budget: Stronger agriculture and seafood industries to deliver more jobs and opportunities
The Hodgman Liberal Government is a passionate supporter of our farmers, fishers and rural communities, and the vital role they play in building a stronger economy and creating jobs.
The 2019-20 Budget is about maintaining the momentum and investing for growth as we continue to deliver our Agri-Food Plan for 2018-2023 – our comprehensive framework for growing strong and sustainable agricultural and seafood industries.
$100 million is being invested in this year’s Budget to continue a range of initiatives to help achieve our target to grow the farm gate value of agriculture to $10 billion by 2050.
$16 million is supporting industry development across all key agricultural sectors, the Rural Financial Counselling Service, Farm Business Mentoring, Blundstone Scholarships, the Tasmanian Women in Agriculture and Rural Youth Tasmanian leadership programs, the TFGA Living Next door to a Farmer Campaign, Agrigrowth Liaison Officers and the FarmPoint website and helpline.
This also includes additional funding to the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture for the Agricultural Innovation Fund for industry aligned priority research projects and to modernise our research farm assets as well as the Stock Underpass Program.
Other initiatives include:
The Hodgman Liberal Government is also investing $13.8 million to support our world class wild catch and farmed seafood sector, including:
As our economy continues to grow, the Budget supports and encourages initiatives that benefit all Tasmanians by delivering unprecedented infrastructure spending, and the State’s largest ever budget for health and education.