Tasmanian ABARES conference to have local focus

16 April 2014

Opportunities for Tasmania's agricultural, fisheries and forestry industries will be explored by the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) at the Launceston Regional Outlook conference on 30 April 2014.

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture, Senator the Hon Richard Colbeck, will open the conference.

"We are at a very exciting time in Australian agriculture and there are opportunities on the horizon for Tasmanian agriculture, fisheries and forestry industries," Senator Colbeck said.

Senator Colbeck said the Coalition recognised agriculture as one of the five pillars of the economy and is focused on reinvigorating agriculture, fisheries and forestry.

"We have announced the creation of the Tasmanian Fruit and Vegetable Taskforce which will look at ways to increase returns for growers, reduce costs, increase competitiveness, investment and jobs growth across the supply chain," he said.

"Developing relationships with other growers and working together to access markets will be an important part of this and is something we in Tasmania have the opportunity to do very well."

ABARES Executive Director, Karen Schneider, who is also speaking at the conference, said the program was tailored to the region.

"This one day conference will include the latest economic and scientific data as well as practical information for decision makers in Tasmania's agriculture, fisheries and forestry sectors," Ms Schneider said.

"The conference will feature leading regional speakers and ABARES economists, who will examine commodity forecasts for agricultural industries in the state and analyse key regional industries and local challenges.

"It's a fantastic hub for local producers to share the latest information and innovation and make new contacts in the community."

The Launceston Regional Outlook conference is the first of the 2014 ABARES Regional Outlook conferences, which are held annually in each state and the Northern Territory.

Conference details

Date: 30 April 2014

Venue: Tailrace Centre, 1 Waterfront Drive, Riverside, Launceston TAS.

Time: Registration from 8.30 am, conference 9 am - 4.30 pm

Cost: $110pp (inc. GST) includes conference entry, access to ABARES recent publications, morning and afternoon tea and lunch, delegate directory and an 'About my region' profile.

To register, contact ABARES Conferences on 02 6272 2303 or 02 6272 3051.

Media note: Media registration is complimentary; contact the Media team on 02 6272 3232.

For more information, download the conference program and registration form from www.daff.gov.au/abares/regional.

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