The Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals today congratulated the Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, on his unopposed election to leader of the Nationals and on becoming Deputy Prime Minister elect.

Commenting on the leadership change, BCCM CEO, Melina Morrison said, “I wish to congratulate Minister Joyce on the Nationals leadership and elevation to the office of Deputy Prime Minister. As Minister for Agriculture, Mr Joyce has been very supportive of the co-operative sector and we hope this great work will continue in this new capacity.”

In July, the federal government announced a $13.8 million package to help farmers form co-operatives, as a key measure in the White Paper on Agricultural Competitiveness. A two-year pilot programme will provide farmers with information and training on co-operatives and collective business models aimed at getting better returns to the farm gate and reinvestment on farm.

“The Council is looking forward to the roll out of this programme to improve access to information on co-operatives so that farmers can get better returns up and down the supply chain. I am sure in his new role, the Deputy Prime Minister elect will continue to champion the sector”, concluded Ms Morrison.

Image source: University of New England

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