Citrus Australia looks forward to working with Prime Minister Scott Morrison on water, labour hire and biosecurity.
Government support will be crucial to help growers navigate the increasingly complex environment surrounding labour hire and water trade.
Additional investment in border biosecurity, including Customs officers and sniffer dogs, is necessary to protect the burgeoning citrus industry.
The citrus industry contributed more than $800 million to GDP through farm gate sales in 2018, including $480 million in citrus exports.
It is a major employer in regional and rural Australia, with an estimated 25,000 people employed in citrus production and more employed in allied businesses.
Citrus Australia will ask the Federal Government to support a review of the river system to ensure supply for current and future horticulture development can be adequately met.
Irrigation practices in the Australian citrus industry continue to evolve through the adoption of new technologies and citrus growers will continue to invest in water-saving efficiency measures.
However, growers expect surety of supply. The system is physically unable to deliver quantities of water required in some areas.
Therefore, we ask for a review, with forward planning and an assessment of capacity for the river system, to meet the needs of current and future development.
We urge the government to enforce the laws of water use to ensure growers in southern Australia are not disadvantaged.
Also, people employed in the citrus industry have the right to a safe work environment and are entitled to a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work.
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