Strong and demonstrable sustainability and welfare credentials will be critical to Australia’s livestock and meat industries in the future, according to Agriculture and Water Resources Assistant Minister Anne Ruston.
Following on from the 10th Global Forum for Food and Agriculture event in Berlin earlier this month, Ms Ruston said discussions left no doubt about the increasing demand for more sustainable use of natural resources in livestock production, and higher animal welfare standards.
‘‘Our livestock industries are productive, profitable, sustainable and subject to some of the highest animal health and welfare standards in the world. Our farmers are great innovators, and our livestock and livestock products are in considerable demand all over the world,’’ she said.
‘‘Australia’s edge in competitiveness rests with the high quality of our livestock and livestock products, and our unrivalled biosecurity status.
‘‘Farmers will also need to be able to demonstrate the strongest possible environmental sustainability and animal welfare credentials to ensure future market access. Industry must develop effective and unique ways to do this, and innovation will be critical here, too.’’
Ms Ruston also represented Australia at the Berlin Agriculture Ministers Conference as part of the GFFA.
‘‘It was an invaluable opportunity for Australia to play its role in shaping the future of global agriculture,’’ Ms Ruston said.
‘‘The conference is the largest of its type in the world, this year attended by more than 80 agricultural ministers.
‘‘Australia has much expertise and experience to offer, but there’s much we can learn as well — we must continue to innovate and improve.’’