Ratooning is the practice in agriculture of harvesting a crop with the intention of it growing back to produce a fresh crop the next season. It’s a common practice in sugar cane and also pineapple industries.

And so Minister Littleproud is in a sense “ratooning” to the agriculture portfolio.  

Growcom welcomes the return of Minister Littleproud to his earlier portfolio because he knows the horticulture industry.

“Minister Littleproud knows the importance of reform initiatives already underway in the agriculture portfolio, including reviews of our Research and Development Corporations and the regulation of agriculture chemicals,” said Growcom CEO David Thomson.

“Minister Littleproud also appreciates the importance of water security for our industry, including for the important growing region of the Granite Belt within his own electorate of Maranoa.”

“And Minister Littleproud is well aware of the challenges our industry faces in sourcing a steady supply of labour, and the importance of Fair Farms, the industry-led initiative promoting ethical employment practice being delivered by Growcom.”

Growcom also applauds the appointment of Keith Pitt, a Queensland MP representing the horticultural region of Bundaberg, to the Resources, Water and Northern Australia portfolio and his elevation to Cabinet.

Mr Thomson also acknowledged the efforts of former Agriculture Minister, Senator Bridget McKenzie.

“Senator McKenzie brought an energy and enthusiasm to her work for rural industry which we know will be brought to bear in her continuing advocacy in the Senate for the interests of the people of Victoria.”