AgForce has been quick to smack down claims from Natural Resources Minister who this week claimed a ‘Mulga MythBusters’ in which he says farmers can still push mulga to feed their stock.
AgForce Queensland General President Grant Maudsley says the State Government’s new vegetation management laws have made it more complicated and difficult for farmers to feed their animals during drought.
And he says The Minister’s ‘Mulga MythBuster’ was misleading and didn’t reflect the reality confronting farmers on the ground.
“There’s no doubt the Palaszczuk Government’s vegetation management laws have made it harder for farmers to do their jobs, and that’s the last thing they need in a drought. The tightening of the fodder harvesting code and the removal of the thinning code have meant more red tape for farmers to navigate and made it more difficult to grow grass to feed livestock.”
“The area that farmers can harvest each time for fodder has been limited and may only last a few days or a week or two, while the width of the mulga strips farmers can push has reduced significantly. This means farmers have to notify much more frequently and keep a lot more photographic evidence of what they are doing and when.”
“The Queensland Government’s mapping continues to be wildly inaccurate, complex and constantly changing, meaning farmers can’t plan with any certainty or confidence.”
“The new regulatory hoops farmers have to jump through are just not practical and workable on the ground.
“The whole process is much more time consuming and complicated at a time when drought-stricken farmers are working around the clock just to keep their stock alive.
“While the Minister issues misleading media releases from his office in downtown Brisbane, the reality facing farmers trying to manage their land and look after their livestock in western Queensland is vastly different.”