A $60 billion industry, Australia’s agriculture is responsible for over 3% of GDP and is responsible for 1.6 million jobs around the country. Governing and caring for 51% of our nation’s landmass, farming invests over $3 billion each year to agriculture research, helping to strengthen our agri economy and to drive Australian innovation in the field.
This Thursday 21 November is National Agriculture Day; dedicated to our farmers who cultivate the land, support local communities and provide produce to our cities.
At Suncorp, we’ve been helping support farming communities for over a century, but it is now more than ever, with Australian farmers facing the worst drought in a generation, alongside some of the toughest bushfire conditions on record, that farmers around the country need our support.
“Australia is home to some of the world’s most innovative, forward-thinking farmers and as many of them face the challenge and emotional toll of bushfires and prolonged drought, it’s now more important than ever to get behind them," said April Cavanagh, Head of Agribusiness for Suncorp. "National Ag Day is the perfect opportunity to celebrate and shine a light on the world-class, sustainable food and fibre produced here.”
To celebrate National Agriculture Day here are three ways we can help support our Aussie farmers, every day:
Shop local and buy independent
Local producers and produce markets – even farm doors – are a key way to support our farmers and ensure your money goes back to the producers and land owners. Sourcing and purchasing your fruit vegetables and meat from local produce markets are not only often cheaper than chain grocery stores, you are supporting your local farmers.
Visit regional farming communities
Tourism is a crucial income source for local farming communities, directly supporting the farmers and the local communities in which they live. “Spending locally is not just supporting the famers’ families; it’s supporting the towns as well," says April Cavanagh, Head of Agribusiness for Suncorp.
Donate and support a good cause
Know your money is going to a worthy cause. Charities such as Drought Angels and Rural Aid provide holistic support to drought-stricken and extreme weather effected communities, donating vital funds and volunteer work to those that need it most.