I move amendment No. 1:
In page 5, subsection (1) (f), line 3, after "products" to insert ", farm forestry, agri-tourism".
What Senator Ferris has in mind here is the broadening of section 1(a). It reads:
In this Act "agriculture" includes horticulture, dairying, the breeding and keeping of horses, cattle, pigs and other livestock, the rearing and keeping of poultry and bee-keeping.
The amendment seeks to include the words "farm forestry, agri-tourism". One can see the reason for this amendment. Basically it is a broadening of the scope or the meaning of this section. It is an amendment very much with an eye to the future. We all know there are major changes taking place in agriculture. We know that major changes will have to take place henceforth. We will have to move away from lines of traditional enterprise in agriculture, i.e., beef, milk, production, etc. because of the surplus situation on the market. The approach here is that we should broaden the meaning — it is important that we get the meaning correct from the beginning — to take account of farm forestry which will be a new area of enterprise in agriculture. We have so much land which is inappropriately used. It is used for stock raising, for dairying, and there are cases where it is used for cereal, when its only appropriate use is forestry.
There is also the area of agri-tourism which holds great potential. It has no place at all within the scope of agricultural policy, as enunciated or as carried forward presently by our Minister or by our Department of Agriculture and Food. We ask the Minister, while waiting for Senator Ferris and his colleagues, Senators Brian O'Shea and John Harte, if he would like to comment.