Election promises mounting

By Country News

Both the Victorian Government and the Opposition are ramping up their campaigns for November’s state election with both parties promising to helping farmers, if elected.

The Labor Government said it would provide an extra $4million over four years to the National Centre for Farmer Health, based in Hamilton.

‘‘Sometimes our farmers look after everything but themselves,’’ Premier Daniel Andrews said.

‘‘This centre makes the health of those hard working men and women its number one priority.’’

An elected Liberal Nationals government will help support Victorian farmers and land managers in the fight against weeds and pest animals by providing an additional $6.88million over four years in a new weeds and pest animal enforcement taskforce which will be established by Agriculture Victoria.

The taskforce will strengthen compliance with Victorian laws and will support the hard work of land owners who already properly manage weeds and pest animals.

‘‘Weeds and pests, like rabbits, can severely impact on productivity so it is critical that we do everything we can to support farmers, because profitable farm businesses are critical for local economies and jobs throughout regional Victoria,’’ Shadow Agriculture Minister Peter Walsh said.

The Opposition also said it would invest $5.3million to roll out the Growth, Adoption, Production and Profitability program, with the funding available to industry grower groups to deliver co-funded programs to help their members boost on-farm productivity and profitability through the adoption of new technologies and practices.