TFGA’s core purpose is to promote the sustainable development of Tasmanian primary industries. The Association is committed to promoting the vital contribution the agricultural sector makes to the environmental, social and economic fabric of the Tasmanian community.
Farmers are significant land managers in the state, with almost a third of Tasmania’s land area of 68,300 square kilometres committed to agriculture.
Farmers understand that they have a responsibility to manage natural resources and the environment in their care. They also understand they have a vested interest in maintaining their land and vegetation in order to be viable in the future.
At the TFGA we believe that there should be a balance between agricultural development and the environment.
Tasmanian farmers bear a disproportionate share of the cost of protecting and maintaining the natural environment. Too often, they are expected to undertake conservation measures that carry with them considerable costs but where the benefit is to the wider community. There is an opportunity for government to recognise the important work undertaken by farmers and assist them by using proactive instruments like environmental stewardships.