Queensland: Drought preparedness, research, and pest control in $608 million budget

The Palaszczuk Government has delivered a $608 million investment in Queensland's agriculture, fisheries and forestry industries.

Drought support and preparedness, research and extension services, tackling major pests, and developing the aquaculture industry are all featured prominently in a budget designed to enhance our already-surging agricultural sector.

The government is investing up to $79.6 million over four years from 2022-23 to continue delivering drought assistance programs and reforms to support the industry's response to natural disasters. Another $150 million over three years from 2022-23 will be set aside for drought preparedness and emergency drought assistance loans.

Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries and Minister for Rural Communities Mark Furner said ongoing natural disasters had taken a significant toll on our producers, and it was vital that the government maintain a high level of support.

"Our primary producers need to know we have their backs when things are tough, and that is exactly what the Palaszczuk Government delivers," Mr. Furner said. "Our support and backing for the sector show exactly what can be achieved when we work side by side with industry to solve problems. That is why a budget that backs collaborative reforms on drought support and resilience is so important. This is about supporting our farmers and the more than 300,000 agricultural jobs in Queensland and working to create more good, secure jobs in our traditional and emerging industries."

Read the complete article at www.statements.qld.gov.au.

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