Development pressures threaten farms in Australia’s Food Bowl

According to a federal funded report, up to 20 percent of the Hunter Valley’s prime farming land could be lost.

Reasons cited for the bleak forecast include an increase in financial pressures, a generational gap which has resulted in young people leaving the land and searching for careers elsewhere, and an increase in property development in the area, the Newcastle Herald reports.

In spite of the challenges, Hunter labor MP, Joel Fitzgibbon believes that agriculture is of “critical importance to the Hunter”, and that the region has a valuable opportunity to export quality food and beverage products to Asia as part of the ‘coming Asian dining boom.’

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Posted on October 3, 2013, in Food Security and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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