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Tony Pasin celebrates International Year of Family Farming

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Tony Pasin at South East Cattle Sale

Source: Member for Barker Tony Pasin

MEMBER for Barker Tony Pasin is calling on all residents in Barker to join with him in celebrating the International Year of Family Farming during 2014. Mr Pasin, who retains an active interest in his family’s long-standing farming interest in the lower South East, said family farms continue to hold a very special and highly relevant place in Australian agriculture.

“Family-owned and operated farms continue to act as the economic engine rooms for regional economies throughout Barker and across the country. As such I encourage everyone to get involved in the celebrations over the coming months for the United-Nations-declared Year of Family Farming,” Mr Pasin said.

“Having grown up in a farming family, I think the year ahead is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the huge contribution family farms play in the Australian economy,” Mr Pasin said.

According to the National Farmers’ Federation, Australia’s 157,000 farmers not only produce 93 percent 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 59 percent of Australia’s land.

“It is important we continue to promote our farm sector and remember how important the family unit is to most successful farming operations. It is too easy for the ill-informed to stereotype Australian farmers as being mostly middle-aged men, but that characterisation is outdated and actually overlooks the huge hands-on contribution made by women on family farms,” Mr Pasin said.

For details about the International Year of Family Farming, visit: http://www.familyfarmingcampaign.net

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Tony Pasin with father Luigi and sister Angela spent the weekend drenching sheep on the family property at OB Flat

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