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Taskforce investing agriculture future in city for hearings

A TASKFORCE investigating the future of Australian agriculture will visit Rockhampton for a series of hearings next week.

The White Paper Taskforce was set up by Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce to review the competitiveness of Australian agriculture.

Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry said the taskforce would host a series of hearings on Monday and Tuesday.

"They will hold a closed round-table discussion, with local farmers and industry groups, and 15-minute appointments to speak one-on-one with others providing input into shaping the future of rural Australia," Ms Landry said.

Industries represented include beef, horticulture, sugar, research and other sectors.

"The White Paper will form the government's plan to grow agriculture's competitiveness, future farm gate profits and contribute to Australia's regional prosperity," Ms Landry said.

The government had already released an "issues paper", which identified key issues that it was seeking feedback on to develop the final White Paper.

Anyone interested in the future of agriculture is encouraged to read the "issues paper" and make a submission at www.agriculturalcompetitiveness.dpmc.gov.au.

Topics:  agriculture barnaby joyce michelle landry