Queensland's strategic cropping land increased

THREE million ha has been added to the area zoned strategic cropping land across Queensland.

Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney, Agriculture Minister John McVeigh and Natural Resources Minister Andrew Cripps announced today the area of land protected in Queensland would increase by more than 40 per cent - from 7.23 million hectares to 10.17 million hectares.

Mr Seeney said a new online map would include updated information from the Agricultural Land Audit and the Queensland Land Use Mapping Program.

"This change delivers on our election promise to grow the economy and create jobs," Mr Seeney said.

"With more land available, there will be more employment for our sons and daughters in the future."

Mr McVeigh said the Queensland Government was working hard towards its goal of doubling agricultural production by 2040 and needed to ensure land best suited for cropping was protected.

The online trigger map will be updated and continually refined to accurately identify Queensland's best cropping land.

Once finalised, the updated SCL trigger map will be available at: http://www.daff.qld.gov.au/environment/ag-land-audit/web-mapping-tool

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