18 October 2018

Farmers welcome PM’s commitment to agricultural visa

The Victorian Farmers Federation has welcomed the Prime Minister’s affirmation of his government’s commitment to a dedicated visa to help address the significant workforce issues facing the state’s farmers.

VFF Horticulture President Emma Germano said the Prime Minister’s commitment at the National Farmers’ Federation Congress today to work towards establishing a visa to address major labour shortages in agriculture came as a significant relief.

“Farmers around the country have proposed a solution to the workforce problems many farmers are facing, and that is the dedicated agricultural visa,” said Ms Germano.

“It has taken years of hard work, consultation and advocacy from farmers to get to this point. While the government’s commitment today is welcome, it is now time to take the next step.

“It is now time to make a dedicated agriculture visa reality.”

ENDS

Media Contacts:

Emma Germano, Victorian Farmers Federation Horticulture President, 0423 774 477
Andrew MacDonald, Stakeholder Media & Communications Advisor, 0418 282 875

About the VFF
The Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF) is dedicated to representing the interests of farmers and making a positive difference to their businesses and communities. We strive to create an environment for our members, our farmers, that enables profitable, safe, sustainable production to ensure an enduring social licence in a community that respects and values the sector.