By CAITLIN CROWLEY
THE state government has released its plan to achieve cleaner and greener food and fibre production in Queensland, charting a path to lower emissions from the state’s agriculture industry over the next decade.
The Low Emissions Agriculture Roadmap 2022-2032 outlines a process aimed to achieve a sustainable future across five key pathways; reducing emissions from livestock, cropping and horticulture, using more renewable energy on-farm, carbon farming and land management, and improving supply chains.
Speaking in Rockhampton today, Agriculture Minister Mark Furner said the roadmap would help Queensland agribusinesses thrive while they reduced greenhouse gas emissions.
“It will give producers clarity on how they can actively prepare and implement practice change to manage risks to their business,” Furner said.
“Those who implement plans to lower greenhouse gas emissions now will have fewer transition costs and disruption to their business than those who delay and find themselves urgently responding to market forces.”
The roadmap was co-designed with industry partners after key themes were identified in a CSIRO report commissioned by the Palaszczuk Government in 2021.
The plan outlines the state government’s goals in each area, how it plans to work with farmers to achieve them and what producers can do now to start making changes.
Some of those changes are as simple as doing an on-farm “energy audit” to find efficiencies and supporting research into greener fertilisers and livestock feed.
Queensland Farmers’ Federation CEO Jo Sheppard said the roadmap would help coordinate some of the messaging around low emissions production, in what was becoming “an increasingly crowded marketplace.”
“The Roadmap will assist in providing clarity to farmers about some of the options available to them as they embark on their own low emissions journey,” Sheppard said.
Agforce CEO Mike Geurin also welcomed the new plan.
“Queensland’s producers recognise the importance of adopting new practices and technologies to ensure the long-term sustainability of their industry,” Geurin said.
“We need to make sure that farmers are supported to achieve environmental outcomes whilst still being able to do what they do best in producing the world’s best food, fibre and foliage.”
The goals and strategies outlined in the roadmap will also be reviewed after five years.