Australian farmers to be recognised in 2012
Western Australian Agriculture and Food Minister Terry Redman has welcomed today’s announcement that 2012 will be recognised as the Australian Year of the Farmer.
Mr Redman said West Australian farmers were experiencing one of the driest and toughest seasons on record and deserved to be acknowledged for their vital contribution to the nation.
“The character and spirit of our farming and rural communities is never more apparent than when they are facing significant challenges,” he said.
The Year of the Farmer will focus on the vital role Australian farmers and growers play in providing for the nation’s everyday needs.
Her Excellency Ms Quentin Bryce AC, Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia will be the Patron for the Year.
“Our producers are among the most efficient in the world at delivering a range of quality food and fibre, from Kununurra in the north to Albany in the south,” Mr Redman said.
“Not only does the industry contribute about $7billion to the State’s economy each year, but it plays an important part in the everyday lives of all Australians through the food we eat and clothes we wear.”
The 2012 Australian Year of the Farmer will provide a chance to celebrate the importance of farming and rural communities to the nation’s economy and social fabric.
“One of my key aims as Agriculture and Food Minister is to raise the profile of agriculture and improve the links between people in the city and people on the land,” the Minister said.
“The Year of the Farmer will also provide an excellent opportunity for urban communities to develop closer ties with people in rural and regional areas.”