The Federal Government is set to introduce a new bill aimed at increasing agriculture’s role in climate change, with Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce saying it will give farmers the opportunity to “take control” of their environment.
Mr Joyce said he would announce the measures, which will be known as agri-environmental management, on Wednesday.
“This is a major part of the Australian agriculture sector’s climate change strategy to be able to adapt to the impacts of climate change,” he said.
The legislation would allow farmers to take control of their land and water resources, as well as reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and the amount they emit, by regulating farming practices and building up an infrastructure to store and transport waste.
Agriculture is also expected to become a more effective environmental manager, Mr Joyce said, as it can “do more to limit the impacts” of climate changes.
“Agrichemical management can be a way of responding to changing climates and the challenges they pose for farmers,” he told the ABC’s AM program.
“[But] we know from the science that we can’t solve all the problems we face with agriculture by simply making agriculture more efficient.”
The Government also plans to introduce the bill into the House of Representatives, after Mr Joyce spoke at a public meeting in Perth.
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