Farmers wait for detail on Nats deal

Liv CasbenAAP
The National Farmers' Federation supports 2050 net zero, as long as farmers are not over-regulated.
Camera IconThe National Farmers' Federation supports 2050 net zero, as long as farmers are not over-regulated. Credit: AAP

The National Farmers' Federation has given a cautious welcome to news the Nationals have struck an in-principle agreement supporting the federal government's plans on net-zero emissions by 2050.

But the group, which represents 80,000 Aussie farmers, is keen to plough into the details of the deal.

"We're glad to hear that the Nationals have reached an in-principle agreement on NZ2050 and look forward to seeing more detail -particularly about their support for agriculture and the regions - and getting this ratified in Cabinet today," NFF President Fiona Simson told AAP.

The NFF has previously supported a net-zero emissions target by 2050, but with the caveats that farmers are not over-regulated and that any plan includes an economically viable pathway.

The lobby group says landholders have previously made a major contribution to Australia meeting its emissions targets but without financial reward.

"Whilst understanding the confidential nature of some of these discussions, obviously this is of intense interest to Australian farmers and we hope to be briefed as soon as possible," Ms Simson said.

"The detail will be critical as it commits government and allows us to plan for a strong and sustainable 30-year pathway for Australian agriculture in a lower-emissions economy and a time of global uncertainty."

The NFF has 35 member groups across the agricultural sector, including Farmers for Climate Action.

The climate action group represents 6500 Australian farmers and is calling for more ambitious cuts by 2030.

"It's a small step in the right direction ... but it's still woefully inadequate," Deputy Chair of Farmers for Climate Action Anika Molesworth told AAP.

"It's going to run us in to big trouble as farmers because we are some of the hardest hit by poor climate action, we are growing food ... and a climate-damaged world makes it incredibly difficult for us to do that.

"Unfortunately a net-zero target by 2050 still ranks us at the very bottom of global commitment, it's a very weak effort to get on top of this incredibly big global challenge."

The farmer, scientist and author said she is also keen to see the details of the deal agreed by the Nationals ahead of the Glasgow climate conference which starts on October 31.

"We need the detail, we need to get on top of this problem as quickly as possible, every day matters, every degree matters," she said.

"We are less than one week away from the most important global conference on climate change and Australia is dragging its feet and it's an embarrassment."

Nationals deputy leader David Littleproud said on Monday that further details of the agreement would be made public in the next 24 hours.

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