The government will soon intensify its efforts to raise public awareness of agricultural matters in the territory.
That’s according to Prime Minister Dr Natalio Wheatley, who recently announced plans to build a reservoir in Paraquita Bay to support farmers in the area.
At the time, the Prime Minister said he was pleased that the Food Security and Sustainability Act 2022 had received Royal Assent.
“We now officially have a new legal framework in which to advance agriculture. Now that the law has come into force, we are moving quickly to establish the Agriculture and Fisheries Authority to manage the sector as set out in the law,” Premier Wheatley said at a recent press conference. .
The Territory Leader described this as another important step taken to move agriculture forward and noted that in the coming weeks Cabinet will approve a formal process which will provide farmers with the legal certainty they need to continue farming. with confidence the lands of this region.
The government also recently approved a Supplementary Provisions Program (SAP) which the Prime Minister says will fund construction of the reservoir at Paraquita Bay as well as equipment to pump water from its wells.
When asked if the government would conduct public education campaigns on this subject, the Prime Minister pointed out that the bill contains a lot of new information that people need to be aware of.
“We will certainly, in conjunction with the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries and our government information service, make sure people are aware of this new law that has been assented to as well as all the other initiatives that we are carrying out in the agriculture and fishing,” said the Prime Minister.
Dr Wheatley acknowledged the water was a ‘vexing concern’ for farmers and said he wanted farmers to know exactly what was going on so he could rectify the situation.
Meanwhile, the Prime Minister also indicated that steps are being taken to formalize the process for granting land leases to farmers in Paraquita Bay.
These measures, Dr. Wheatley said, will improve the ability of the territory’s hardworking farmers to produce food for the people, especially as prices continue to rise due to inflation.
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