Nationals Member for Cowper, Luke Hartsuyker, today (21 November) celebrated National Agriculture Day locally on the Mid North Coast. National Agriculture Day is celebrated on 21 November, and provides an opportunity to recognise the enormous contribution the agricultural sector makes to Australia and the world.
Mr Hartsuyker encouraged locals on the Mid North Coast and right around Australia to thank farmers for all of the work they do.
“The average Aussie farmer feeds 400 Australians, and 600 people around the globe. Our farmers do an amazing job, and I am so proud to have so many hard working farmers on the Mid North Coast,” Mr Hartsuyker said.
National Agriculture Day not only highlights the work of our farming community, but also tells the much broader economic story of the contribution Australian farmers make to our country.
Agriculture employs more than 1.6 million Australians across the supply chain – not just on farms, but also in jobs like retail, logistics, processing, technology and science.
“Here on the Mid North Coast, we have a variety of agricultural industries such as fishing, forestry, dairy and beef cattle, goat and sheep farming, bananas, blueberries, and potato farming, just to name a few. Our farmers grow and deliver some of the best produce in the world,” Mr Hartsuyker said.
Mr Hartsuyker also took the opportunity to list some of the outstanding achievements of local farmers on the Mid North Coast.
“Troy Blackman of Waterfall Produce in Upper Orara has been named a NSW Farmer of the Year Finalist, and in 2016 was named Young Farmer of the Year – a fantastic achievement and a testament to Mr Blackman’s commitment to the agricultural sector,” Mr Hartsuyker said.
“Schools like Dorrigo High School are also providing excellent training for students looking at working in Agriculture. Yesterday I visited the school to talk to students, many of whom live on farms already, and see the program in action.”
For information on National Agriculture Day, including events, visit www.agday.org.au.