02-01-2014 15:03 PM | Australia

2014: International Year of Family Farming

The National Farmers Federation and its members have hailed the start of the new year, encouraging all Australians to join in celebrating the International Year of Family Farming during 2014.

NFF president Brent Finlay, a family farmer from southeast Queensland, said family farms remain the heart and soul of agriculture in Australia.

“About 99 percent of Australian farms are family owned and operated – and this year, the United Nations-declared International Year of Family Farming, gives us the opportunity to celebrate the enormous contribution these farmers make,” Mr Finlay said.

“Australia’s 157,000 farmers not only produce 93pc of Australia’s daily domestic food supply – the clean, healthy, fresh food that Australian families enjoy – they also contribute $38 billion in export income to the economy and manage some 59pc of Australia’s land.
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