Farming lobbyists give the Coalition top marks

AUSTRALIA'S top farming advocates are giving the Coalition its top marks, ranking it higher than the ALP and the Greens on key election priorities.

The National Farmers' Federation pitted the three parties against one another, with the peak body finding the conservatives the best fit for producers..

Praise for the Coalition came just days after the National Rural Health Alliance - which counts the Country Women's Association among its members - ranked it last on its health credentials.

NFF president Duncan Fraser said the score was not about telling farmers who to vote for, simply informing them on what parties were offering.

The Greens' hostility to live exports hurt its chances, while strong policies from the ALP helped its cause but not enough to put it on par with the current Opposition.

Parties were judged on five categories including growing agriculture, investing in research, improving profitability, building a stronger workforce and balancing agriculture with the environment.

Out of 25, the Coalition scored 13.5, the ALP scored eight and the Greens scored seven.

"Whatever the outcome at this weekend's election, farmers need - and deserve - a government that considers agriculture as a key priority," Mr Fraser said.

The full scorecard is available at http://www.nff.org.au



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