Approximately 100 staff from the Queensland Department of Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries have been reassigned as Agriculture Co-ordination officers to support producers, the agriculture industry and local governments to manage Covid-19 issues.
Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner said the staff would be available as to ensure rapid assistance during these unprecedented times.
“[They] have always worked closely with producers and industry and, in these extraordinary times, we will build on these existing relationships to provide coordinated, timely support,” Mr Furner said.
“This support [to agribusiness] includes assisting producers and industry to access relevant information quickly without having to navigate a myriad of websites and in some cases with limited or no connectivity.”
Mr Furner said staff will proactively check-in with stakeholders to see how they were going and to ensure they had the information they need to manage their situation.
“Agriculture Co-ordination Officers with suitable regional and technical knowledge will also respond to enquiries from local governments through their District and Local Disaster Management Group meetings,” he said.
The officers will also be available to support industry groups such as AgForce, Queensland Farmer’s Federation, Growcom and the Queensland Dairyfarmers Organisation.