The TFGA is grateful for the opportunity to make comment to the Poisons Amendment (Poppy Industry Reform) Bill 2016. The TFGA also appreciates any attempt by the government to streamline the Poisons Act 1971, simplification of this Act will benefit the Poppy Industry as a whole. The TFGA also appreciates the level of communication and interaction received through this process.
The TFGA take part in establishing an official Australian crop list. The TFGA acknowledge that the current list stands, but ought to include Pyrethrum and Hemp. The TFGA make statements for both crops. This submission includes informed specifics on each crop for the consideration of their inclusion.
The TFGA make a
comment on the frustrating nature of the progress for this bill. The TFGA speak
for their members and disseminate the challenging repercussions of this bill
which concludes in reducing the available workforce. The TFGA state that the
backpacker tax will drastically affect the sector.
The TFGA respond to the proposed revenue change by TasNetworks. They state that due to the current energy crisis, high energy users such as primary producers experience damaging consequences. Further, that the TFGA hope the complexities of the crisis as well as contingency figures will be taken into consideration by TasNetworks and the implications in going forward. One of the major complaints that TFGA receive from their members is the slow re-connection times after a power outage, which can drastically affect member performance. An agriculture network tariff, based on peak and off-peak demand period, should be considered as part of the TasNetworks proposed tariff strategies.
The TFGA comment on the Draft Gas Safety Bill 2016, the pipeline runs throughout land of their members. The key areas that we would like to comment within the draft Gas Safety Act, include; powers of entry / enter land for certain purposes, appealing against a decision, undertaking work near a pipeline and service of notices. The TFGA recommend good and clear communication between Gas Safety officer and property owner, as well as biosecurity issues which are of importance to their members. The TFGA also request for clarification of terms within this bill.
The TFGA provide their position on agricultural freight issues. They are to make agriculture and associated industries world competitive through economic, fast reliable services for distribution and receive product from state, national and international destinations; and to work with commodity groups, local, state and federal governments to overcome present problems to reach solutions. This submission includes detailed information on the freight procedures and the specific exporting needs for primary producers. The TFGA translate the transport needs for their members in requests of the State Government.
The TFGA support the action of the Tasmanian Climate Change Office, and makes note that the TFGA are invested in maintaining awareness and action on climate issues. The TFGA indorse that the Act should also maintain the Land Use Change Forestry emissions sector to achieve its emissions reduction target. The submission also includes the TFGA position being that of the climate change office continuing to work towards worldwide standards.
The TFGA acknowledge the problem with the wild fallow deer population, and also state that many farmers see deer hunting as a very normal part of their lifestyle. However, the results of a recent survey undertaken by TFGA showed that a large percentage want a state policy control framework for control of feral fallow deer that should be more flexible and include the capacity for farmers to cull deer throughout the whole year. The TFGA offer a position for the state government to consider.
The TFGA acknowledge how regulation can be necessary for different agricultural sectors. The TFGA take note of the findings in the State government report on red tape. The submission details issues where excessive regulations can cause detrimental and intrusive effects for agricultural businesses. The TFGA make a selection of points to the Productivity Commissions Issue Paper that pertain to regulations and agribusinesses in different sectors.
The TFGA agree with the productivity council and this submission to bring to regulatory issues to attention. Further, that there are improvements that need to occur and that they support agriculture being recognised as a part of the regulation. Mentioned therein is the issue relating to landowner expenditure when dealing with environmental conservation.
The TFGA contribute to the inquiry into bumblebee populations in Tasmania. Within this submissions some of the concerns that the TFGA have regarding this issues are addressed. These include pollination issues, genetic material being imported for the continuation of the species and the potential decrease of honey production.
The TFGA commend the levy system, and acknowledge that the current changes are welcomed. The TFGA believe the changes to the system will increase knowledge sharing which will benefit the sector.
The TFGA give support for the reform of the income tax for Farm Management deposits. Some of the changes include increasing the minimum amount, to allow primary producers who are experiencing extreme drought to withdraw under conditions, and allowing amounts held in a FMD to be offset a loan or other debt.
This submission outlines the TFGA policy on biosecurity issues and measures. The TFGA is supportive of there being one single Act for biosecurity issues, as well as to construct an Act that is more efficient that meets requirements. This submission also discusses issues of education, communication, partnership and surveillance. It also hypothesises ways to meet future biosecurity needs.
The TFGA discuss the acknowledge the difficult task of mitigating and adapting with regards to climate targets in The climate Change Action Plan. The TFGA argue that the emissions ought to be quantified in a more flexible way taking into account different commodities. There is also specific elements outlined as part of the Action Plan such as comparable advantage, renewable energy and research and development.
The TFGA is expectant that this planning reform will bring a more consistent view from regulatory authorities in the areas of planning and zoning. With more consistency farmers will be able to plan for the future or commit to capital investment knowing they have the assurances to continue to operate. The TFGA argue that people need to know the important work farmers do and that this should be considered in planning processes. The draft comments extensively on the final draft of the state planning scheme.
This submission outlines the TFGA supportive position of the animal farming registration regulations with relation to new and emerging industries such as Emu farming. However, prescribed fees for regulations is an area of concern for the TFGA and they request clarification of terms.
The TFGA acknowledge that this is a contentious and complex issue. This submission outlines concerns made by TFGA members and peak industry bodies. The trade relationship with Victoria is very important. The TFGA ask the Victorian Government to continue to effectively communicate with the stakeholders, now and beyond the consultation period.
The TFGA make the comment that Tasmanian farmers have concerns that are unique to an island state and that these such issues ought to be considered in relation to this act. The submission outlines state specific issues such as trade accessibility and biosecurity. Further, market specific issues for trading between the two states.
This submission discusses the issues and potential risks of bringing in an exotic animal into a state which has a large farming economy. The TFGA take the opportunity for public comment to discuss the matter of introducing this animal into the state.
This submission is the response from the TFGA to the proposal to import the Oriental small-clawed otter into Tasmania. The TFGA do not support the importation of the exotic animal due to environmental risks.
The TFGA is proactively committed to supporting any changes for growers that will maximise and expand the potential of industrial hemp to be a highly profitable, competitive, reliable and widely grown crop. Furthermore, we support complimentary value adding developments and investment including an expanded seed and fibre processing industry in the state. Hemp is an ideal crop for Tasmanian growing conditions; and it offers a potentially important diversification for Tasmanian farmers. It poses no risk to the environment or to human health.
The TFGA is very grateful for the opportunity to make comment to the review of the Horticulture Code of Conduct (the Code). Tasmania doesn’t have a central market unlike other states. Our state doesn’t have a dedicated central market where individual fruit and vegetable buyers, representing independent greengrocers, supermarkets, restaurants and food processors are sourcing their produce direct from a market.
In 2010/11, the farm gate value of production (GVP) of agriculture, forestry and fishing was $1.98 billion. This is before considering input supply services and value-adding. Taking into account basic multiplier factors, this means the farm-dependent economy contributes more than $5.0 billion to the gross state economy - in spite of adverse pressures on the forestry industry.
Our members are aware that good waste management on their farm is essential to ensure a healthy, safe and productive farming enterprise. Farmers, are also aware that inappropriate disposal of waste tyres on farms can cause contamination and pollution.
The Tasmanian forest industry is undergoing substantial change. Since 2008, downturn in industry activity has resulted in large job losses in the industry; between 2008 and 2011, employment in forest industry jobs declined by around 50%, or 3,500 jobs.
Farmers should be recognised for the good work they already do with regard to adopting farming systems that maintain a balance between agricultural production and environmental responsibility.
Tasmania is blessed with a vibrant and diverse food and agricultural sector, as the figures show it is a key contributor to the state’s economy.
The TFGA supports the triple bottom line approach for managing a sustainable forestry industry – social, economic and environmental outcomes.
The Port of Melbourne is Tasmania’s primary export and import destination for containers. About 98 per cent of Tasmania’s containerised sea freight travels through the Port of Melbourne, with our overall freight task representing approximately a quarter of the ports throughput.
Over 99 per cent of goods leaving and arriving in Tasmania are moved by sea. The Bass Strait crossing is proportionally the single largest transport cost in the supply chain of a typical Tasmanian business. Freight costs and services across Bass Strait are a key determinant of business efficiency, profitability and competiveness.
The TFGA thanks the BJD Review Team for the opportunity to comment on the second discussion paper and provides the following commentary to the management of BJD in Australia.
The TFGA welcomes the opportunity to provide comments to the Circular Head Councils draft installation of cattle underpass policy.
The TFGA is a member of the Cattle Council of Australia (CCA). We support the submission undertaken by CCA to this inquiry. TFGA has general concerns about the trend for consolidation of major meat processing plants in Australia.