Report calls to double agricultural production by 2040

INTERNATIONAL investors is a key plank in the Queensland Government's new over-arching scheme for its primary producers.

Its Agriculture 2040 report - a "vision" by the state to double agricultural production by 2040 - was released on Wednesday near Toowoomba.

While the document lacks detail on exactly how the government intends to create such an increase in the industry, the plan focuses on four steps.

These are: ensuring the availability of resources, increasing the capacity of the supply chain, improving market access to the industry and cutting production costs.

By following these steps, there will be better productivity, more appeal to buyers, quicker recovery and greater profits for producers and the economy.

Agriculture Minister John McVeigh said there was "an unprecedented opportunity" for Queensland's primary industries, as it sought to target the increasing demands for food from Asia's growing middle class.

The report called for "securing current markets and accessing new export markets" - acts that will be vital to the industry.

As part of its push to increase access to Queensland's farmers, the report plans for the government to "promote Queensland agribusiness as an attractive proposition to foreign and private investors".

The 38-page document also includes lists vows to "protect and maintain water quality and supply for agricultural use", create new research plans following audits led by the Queensland Chief Scientist and cut red tape.

The peak body for Queensland farmers backed the scheme.

Queensland Farmers' Federation chief Dan Galligan said there was still a long way to go, but it was a necessary start.

"The strategy is a positive document with a broad intent for growth, and by the government's own admission it is the beginning of a process," he said.

"Many more policies and initiatives will be needed in the future, but the strategy lays a framework for how these policies should be considered."



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