Election 2013 Western Australia March 9

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iT Matters Agriculture

We support a resilient agricultural sector and will support farmers to remain on the land and earn a healthy return on their produce.

Western Australia’s rural communities are essential to our food security, economy, and cultural identity.

The Greens (WA) recognise the important role farmers play and also recognise that many farmers and pastoralists are practising sustainable farming. However, more needs to be done to support their work.

Agriculture has been the backbone of regional communities in Western Australia for more than a century.
 
If farmers are doing well they spend money in local shops and machinery dealerships. That creates more jobs – attracting people to towns, keeping shops and banks and doctors surgeries open, keeping people involved in sporting clubs and community groups and keeping regional communities vibrant.
 
Over the past 12 months there have been numerous reports that highlight the huge opportunities that exist for Australian agriculture to capitalise on the economic growth of Asia and the desire of Asian countries to ensure their food security.

The #wa2013vote website will be kept online so politicians promises and statements can be checked until the end of next WA election in 2017, and after.