Discussions at Drought Round Table

Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud says he has had constructive discussions with farm groups and banks around drought policy at a round table held this week.

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The key themes of the day were around drought preparedness and resilience, with discussion about how to best help farmers to ride out the cyclical nature of the farming business.

Mr Littleproud says he’s pleased with progress.

“We’ve agreed to use the NFF’s drought policy as a model going forward, with reference to Senator Barry O’Sullivan’s important work on drought policy.”

“We’ll also refer to work on the Agricultural Business Model, which recognises the cycles of farming and the phases of drought.”

“There are no rivers of gold coming – we’ve already invested $1.3 billion in this term of government and we won’t be returning to interest rate subsidies – but I think it’s always important to listen and hear feedback on what can be done better. I think today was a good example of this.”

The Minister says the banks have agreed to further discussions around Farm Management Deposits and how the model could be improved.

“In the arena of the state governments, we also heard serious concerns around stamp duty being charged on multi-peril crop insurance, which adds up to 10 per cent to the cost of the insurance.”

“There was also general agreement about the importance of financial literacy and support for it to be made more consistent.”