Millions of reasons to celebrate Australian Year of the Farmer

January 20, 2012

Federal Member for Forrest Nola Marino has welcomed the arrival of the Australian Year of the Farmer which recognises one of the South West’s most important and enduring industry sectors.

“The national campaign will celebrate the many types of farming and its importance in our everyday lives,” Mrs Marino said.

Farming brought $639 million into the South West economy in 2009/10, an increase in value of almost $100 million from 2006/07 figures.

The major contributors are milk ($120m), vegetables ($113m), fruit ($110m), and cattle ($95m). *

“Farming remains critical to our future, in terms of producing what goes on to our dinner plates and keeping rural and regional communities alive and prosperous,” Mrs Marino said.

“Our farmers are world leaders in farming innovation and quality food production remains an issue of national importance to everyone.”

Year of The Farmer celebrations will bring together rural and urban communities, schools, farming organisations, suppliers and consumers in an annual program of events, initiatives and educational programs which will be rolled out across the nation.

For more information about how to be involved visit www.yearofthefarmer.com.au

*Source: Department of Regional Development and Lands (based on ABS data).