DAFF annual report is optimistic

THE Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry has listed delivering Queensland's most comprehensive state-wide land audit to ensure the best use is made of agricultural land in the future as one of its greatest achievements over the past year.

In its annual report, which was tabled in State Parliament this week, the department listed major progress which has been made in the on-going fight against the deadly Hendra virus as another milestone it was particularly proud of.

Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry director-general Jack Noye said the report marked the first full year it had stood as a stand-alone department.

"It has been a year of significant change and challenges, during which DAFF has created a strong platform that will enable the agricultural, fisheries and forestry industries to become more efficient, innovative, resilient and profitable for the long term," Mr Noye said.

"Our first full year of operation culminated in the release of Queensland's agriculture strategy: a 2040 vision to double agricultural production.

"This key strategic document outlines our vision for the future through four key pathways.

"In the year ahead, we will focus on the 60 key actions identified in the strategy to help the sector build a stronger economic footprint," he said.

Furthermore, the report revealed the damage to agricultural production as a result of tropical cyclone Oswald was significant.

Primary production loss was estimated to be between $250 million and $300 million, with loss of infrastructure, livestock, crops and topsoil estimated to be an additional $250 to $300 million.