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Published: 27 Jun 2018

Tasmanian farmers and food and beverage manufacturers are invited to participate in the TasAgFuture survey, launched today by the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA) at the organisation’s Future Forum in Launceston.

TIA Research Fellow, Dr Peat Leith, said the survey was a great opportunity for people to make their voices heard and help shape the future of the Tasmanian agriculture and food sector.

“TIA is committed to research that supports productive and sustainable agriculture and food sectors. The TasAgFuture project will help ensure we’re meeting the needs of the sector into the future,” Dr Leith said.

“Through this survey, we want to find out how food producers and processors are currently operating, how they see the future, and what constrains and enables them to achieve their goals. We are keen to hear from everyone working in the sector.”

Rural Business Tasmania and the Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association (TFGA) are two of the organisations supporting TIA to have these important conversations with local farmers and food processors.

“It’s important that Tasmanian rural businesses have their voices heard, so we’re telling our networks about the survey,” Rural Business Tasmania Acting Chief Executive Officer, Susan Renton, said.

TFGA Chief Executive Officer, Peter Skillern said the results of the TasAgFuture project would help the Association and its members better understand the current situation of Tasmania’s agriculture and food sector.

“This is an important piece of research that will help us all understand the sector better. By completing the survey, farmers and food processors will help TIA determine the direction that the sector is heading, so that its research can be effectively aligned,” Mr Skillern said.

One of the advantages to participating is the option to receive a personalised report by email that compares participants’ responses to those of their peers. There is also an opportunity to win one of three iPads simply by completing the survey.

The TasAgFuture survey follows on from 100 in-depth interviews with food producers and processors across the State, which were carried out by TIA Researchers over the past several months. Results from the interviews will be analysed alongside the survey responses.

The survey will be live from today until the end of August.

Print copies of the survey are available – please phone (03) 6226 7637.