Flawed laws make farming life harder
NEW vegetation management laws being re-introduced in Queensland parliament could impact the way Southern Downs farmer are able to work their land according to peak agricultural body AgForce.
AgForce general president Grant Maudsley said the laws would make it harder for farmers to produce food, shut down new agricultural development and wouldn't deliver the best outcomes for the environment.
"The Palaszczuk Government's proposed vegetation management laws will stop the industry's growth," he said.
"Farmers sustainably produce the great food and fibre consumers demand by managing vegetation on their land.
"Farmers love and care for their land, and just want fair and workable laws so we can grow more food, create jobs and look after the environment without being strangled by red tape."
Mr Maudsley said the Queensland Government's own figures showed just 0.23percent of the state was being cleared and that didn't take into account how much vegetation was growing at the same time.
"AgForce has always said we are willing to engage in a science and evidence-based process on this issue, which means looking at all the facts, including how much vegetation has regrown and why vegetation is being managed, not just how much has been cleared," he said.
"Farmers on the ground can point to parts of their properties where trees and shrubs are thicker than ever and are rapidly encroaching on the semi-open woodlands and naturally open grasslands where cattle and sheep
"Unmanaged vegetation doesn't deliver the best environmental outcomes and reduces the ability of farmers to grow food for their family and yours."