QFF hails effective climate solutions to reduce impacts on farmers | Queensland country life

Extreme weather events are hitting every corner of Queensland

The impacts of extreme weather events and conditions are felt in every corner of the Queensland community and are increasingly becoming a key risk that farmers must manage.

Collective concerns about the impact of climate change on communities and businesses appear to have been a key consideration in the federal election.

In the past few months alone, we have seen the people of Queensland coping with destructive flooding and long periods of rainfall, while much of the state also remained declared drought.

These extreme weather variabilities put enormous pressure on agriculture and more broadly on communities who are often still trying to recover from one weather event when another strikes.

The culminating effect of one weather event after another wreaks havoc.

The QFF welcomes the momentum for effective climate solutions to reduce the very real impacts on our farmers and equip them with coping strategies to ensure the long-term viability of our food, fiber and foliage sectors.

Tackling the issues affecting the agricultural sector, including the increase and severity of droughts and floods, requires a national policy to protect the future of water and food security in this country.

QFF and its members recognize that drought and climatic variations are an integral part of farming in Queensland, and agricultural businesses work hard to plan for and manage these variations.

It is important that agricultural enterprises are supported to become more climate resilient so that the industry reaches a point where it is possible to move away from ‘transactional’ assistance during droughts and the collective focus is more clearly put on the preparation.

Energy and water are inextricably linked in agricultural systems.

Climate change and extreme weather events are influencing the water-energy nexus and the efforts of farmers striving to increase efficiency to increase the resilience of Queensland’s agricultural sector.

Energy and water end-use efficiency can reduce the sector’s exposure to acute and chronic stressors, including high utility bills, which together with climate change have a negative impact on agricultural productivity.

Although there are a range of technological solutions to improve efficiency and productivity, additional government and policy support is needed.

This support must be coordinated to avoid unintended consequences of past government programs.

Queensland’s intensive agricultural sector has a lot to gain from an energy and water productivity agenda that recognizes the climate change that needs to be on the agenda now.

QFF looks forward to working closely with the newly elected Federal Government and sharing Queensland’s perspective on climate change policy and working together to find effective solutions to ensure a viable future for the production of foods, fiber and foliage statewide.