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Budget money for quad bike safety, irrigation

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The Hodgman Government says its recent budget is another step towards growing the farm gate value of Tassie production to $10 billion a year by 2050.

It's pushing on with a range of announcements, despite coming under fire for plunging the state into $1.1 billion net debt by 2023.

$100 million will be injected into Tasmania's agriculture industry, most of it going towards the 'Pipeline to Prosperity' irrigation schemes.

It also includes $16 million for a range of industry development projects involving mentoring, scholarships and counselling.

There's also $700,000 to encourage safety on quad bikes, with Tasmania suffering 11 quad bike related deaths between 2011 and 2019.

It's one of the leading causes of death and injury on Australian farms.

The new rebate means farmers would get up to 50 percent back after the purchase of an approved rollover or crush protection device.


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