Published: 2 Oct 2018
Farmers and manufacturers of food and beverages had their say in the future of Tasmania’s agriculture and food sectors through the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture’s TasAgFuture survey over winter.
The TasAgFuture project, an important initiative of the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA), is finding out the priorities for Tasmania’s agriculture and food sectors to help determine future research.
“Engagement in the survey was excellent – we received a diverse spread of responses from across the State, from a wide range of agriculture and food businesses and different age groups. This means the data is valid and extremely useful,” project leader Dr Peat Leith said.
“Thanks to help from a number of industry groups, we now have a huge amount of information about the sector and we are sharing it with participants, industry and Government bodies, and the public through a series of reports.
“We can see from the data that respondents’ goals focus on producing quality food, growing their businesses, looking after the land and contributing to community."
Dr Leith said the reports highlight factors that constrain and influence agricultural and food businesses, and strategies people are using to advance their goals, for example, investing in professional development for staff.
“The TasAgFuture project is developing a better understanding of Tasmania’s diverse agriculture and food sector and helping TIA develop a research strategy that can support the goals of the sector,” he said.
TIA researchers are now analysing data from the survey and 100 in-depth interviews carried out earlier this year with food producers and processors.
A detailed report summarising the analysis of all data collected through the TasAgFuture project will be available in early 2019.
Initial data from the TasAgFuture project is presented in reports based on region and type of agriculture or food business. These reports are publicly available.
Picture: Sadie Chrestman (Fat Pig Farm) has her say through the online TasAgFuture survey.