The Queensland Farmers Federation, in partnership with AgForce and Growcom, have been busy working with the Government to frame the Agriculture Sector Adaptation Plan which has been launched today by Environment Minister Steven Miles.
He’s launched the Ag approach along with A Built Environment and Infrastructure Sector Plans – That one worked on by lawyers DibbsBarker.
Environment Minister Steven Miles says predictions show farmers stand to be hit hardest by climate change.
“The agricultural strategy will help them protect their properties, livestock and crops from hotter temperatures and severe weather events. This plan helps farmers make these changes now to stop them getting caught out later.”
This could mean infrastructure changes such as building shelter for animals to escape the heat or altering planting times for crops to avoid the hottest parts of the year.
For long term crops, there may even be options for using genetically modified plants that are better able to withstand high temperatures.
Mr Miles says the Palaszczuk Government was also supporting councils, town planners and developers to make their infrastructure as durable as possible in the face of climate change.
“The Built Environment plan will give the sector the resources they need to keep their communities safe in the face of hotter temperatures, more severe storms and sea level rise.”
QFF Chief Executive Officer Travis Tobin says risk management, in all its forms, is central to modern farming and business planning.
“A changing climate must be considered a normal business risk that is incorporated into all decision-making. It is now essential that the barriers and gaps identified in the Plan are addressed and the recommendations implemented.”
Mr Miles said climate change adaptation was best achieved through collaboration.