Agricultural leaders push back against drought panic

19 August 2018

Aaron Patrick, Australian Financial Review
19 August 2018

Agricultural and political leaders are concerned the wave of sympathy and charity for farmers hit by the drought could hurt foreign confidence in Australian food exports.

Six industry group leaders and the NSW government issued a joint statement designed to shore up confidence among Australians that farmers were prepared for the drought and the industry is in strong shape.

“We also don’t want to talk ourselves out of our trade markets,” Primary Industries Minister Niall Blair told The Australian Financial Review. “We can meet the demand and we will.”

Leading NSW farmer Richard Taylor last week expressed concern in the Financial Review that the reaction to coverage of the drought in NSW and Queensland could damage Australia’s reputation as a reliable source of food.

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