WHILE the value of Queensland agriculture has continued to surge, the overall level of employment within the sector has weakened.
Queensland Farmers Federation president Stuart Armitage said it was good news for those working in the vegetable industry, however.
"There are some notable industry exceptions - for example, the level of employment in the mushroom and vegetable industry in Queensland increased by 69% - but we are seeing a transition,” Mr Armitage said.
"The state's agricultural workforce is undergoing a sizable shift in required roles.
"Automation and technology continue to affect agriculture, and new jobs that require skills not traditionally linked to farming are increasingly in demand.
"Employment is changing with a move away from traditional labour- intensive production work, combined with the increased consolidation of farming operations.”
A challenge that needed to be overcome was having the right policies in place, Mr Armitage said.
"The challenge for the sector is to ensure we
get the right policy settings, and education and training providers that allow us to build a workforce that sustains changes into the future,” he said.
"The skills required to best service agriculture in the future should be forecast and identified now.
" Government must provide support for upskilling through the funding of Skill Sets, so
our workforce is not left behind as technology advances at an ever- increasing rate.”
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