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Australian Primary Industries Education Boosted

15 May 2012

AUSTRALIA - The Australian government has continued its commitment to agriculture by announcing the Primary Industries Education Foundation (PIEF) will receive A$225,000 in funding support over the next three years.

Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Senator Joe Ludwig, announced the funding during a young leaders breakfast at Beef Australia in Rockhampton.

Minister Ludwig said he, Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Sid Sidebottom, and local MP Kirsten Livermore recognised the important work the foundation is doing improving understanding of primary industries.

“This funding is part of the government’s investment in a strong future for agriculture,” Minister Ludwig said.

“The government and PIEF both recognise the importance of improving knowledge and understanding of our primary industries among school age children.

“Previous government support has helped PIEF with key projects like the Enhancing Primary Industries Education Awareness project which surveyed children and showed many didn’t know where their food and basic necessities came from. It also stressed the need for longer-term investment to develop community understanding of food and fibre production and build career attraction to our primary industries.”

Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Sid Sidebottom said PIEF has a vital role in planting the seed of an idea in young people that could lead to a career in the agricultural sector.

“It’s important that the next generation are aware of the broad range of rewarding career opportunities available in agriculture,” Mr Sidebottom said.

“And it’s not just careers on the land – the sector is remarkably diverse and there is a vast range of options available ranging from scientists and researchers to marketers and salespeople.

“Australia has an ageing population of farmers – and the demand for skilled professionals in the sector will continue to grow – which is why the Government is delighted to support the important work of the Primary Industries Education Foundation.”

Local MP, Kirsten Livermore, said she was pleased that the Gillard Government was continuing its support for agriculture.

“I am pleased to support this investment in our future farm leaders,” Ms Livermore said.

“It is also great to have Minister Ludwig make this announcement while at one of Australia’s premier agricultural events, Beef Australia.”

PIEF is a partnership between government, industry and educators, to encourage school students to learn about agriculture. It works to increase awareness of the contribution primary industries make to our society and the range of training and career opportunities in the sector.

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