Organic farmers represented in the NFF

Thursday, 14 March, 2019

Organic farmers represented in the NFF

Australian Organic has become a member of the National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) and claims this will help the organic sector develop a strong voice in Canberra.

Not-for-profit industry body Australian Organic, formerly Biological Farmers of Australia, has been a major force in ensuring that organic standards in Australia remain in the hands of the supply chain.

“Australian Organic’s membership of NFF will ensure our sector’s interests are drawn to the attention of our federal politicians and our needs considered in government decisions,” said General Manager Niki Ford.

The 2018 Market Report compiled by Australian Organic reveals that currently the area of land under certified organic management in Australia is 35 million hectares, which is more than half of all certified land area on the Earth. There are an estimated 1998 certified organic primary producers in Australia including farmers, graziers, apiarists and wild harvesters.

The NFF is the peak national body representing farmers and agriculture across Australia, and it is committed to ensuring modern farming is not only viable and sustainable but also that it continues its vital and growing contribution to the nation. NFF President Fiona Simson said the issues organic farmers faced were common to many farmers and it made sense for their interests to be well represented in NFF’s policy and advocacy efforts.

“Having Australia Organic join the NFF means we can get a more informed understanding of the challenges and opportunities before organic farmers and, as a result, be better able to advocate in the interests of all farmers.”

It joins NFF’s 30-strong member group, who have a shared vision for agriculture to be a $100 billion industry by 2030, up from today’s $60 billion.

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