The Australian Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Tony Burke, has asked the House Primary Industries and Resources Committee to launch an inquiry into how the Australian government can assist farmers in adapting to climate change. The Committee has requested submissions (by Friday, 20 March, 2009) addressing various topics:
Current and prospective adaptations to the impacts of climate change on agriculture and the potential impacts on downstream processing;
- The role of government in augmenting the shift towards farming practices which promote resilience in the farm sector in the face of climate change;
- The role of government in promoting research, extension and training which assists the farm sector to better adapt to climate change; and
- The role of rural research and development in assisting farmers to adapt
to the impacts of climate change.