Drought fund welcome but climate change strategy still needed

23 July 2019. Farmers for Climate Action is calling for a fully-funded and implemented national strategy for climate change and agriculture, as the Federal Government’s revised Future Drought Fund clears its final hurdles in the Senate.

Farmers for Climate Action CEO Verity Morgan-Schmidt said: “The Future Drought Fund will provide a welcome long-term approach to drought management, which will come as a relief to our farmers, many of whom are now in the midst of the worst drought in our recorded history.

“While a proactive approach to drought management is essential, the Government must recognise that climate change is one of the greatest barriers to Australian agriculture reaching our target of becoming a $100 billion industry by 2030.

“If we are to have any chance of reaching that goal, which Prime Minister Scott Morrison pledged support for last week, we need to rise to the challenges of a changing climate. 

"We urgently need a fully-funded and implemented national strategy for climate change and agriculture, to minimise climate change risks and take advantage of the opportunities it presents.”

Crookwell sheep producer and Farmers for Climate Action Deputy Chair Charlie Prell said: “Australian farmers are currently tackling the worst drought in history, and we need to balance short term relief with long term resilience planning. 

“As farmers, we take seriously our role as custodians of the land. We need support adapting to climate change in a way that preserves our natural environment and the viability of our farm businesses.

“It’s critical, however, the Federal Government also addresses the factors driving climate change. Without this action, droughts like the one we’re currently experiencing are likely to get more frequent and more severe - and harder and more expensive to respond to.

“With farmers already grappling with extreme drought, we have no more time to waste."

Farmers for Climate Action is a movement of farmers, agricultural leaders and rural Australians working to ensure that farmers, who are on the frontline of climate change, are part of its solution."

 

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Interviews with Verity and Charlie are available. Media contact: Fiona Davis, 0434 505 188