The Federal Opposition has described the National Food Plan as another “con job” for agriculture from the Federal Government.

The Food Plan delivers around $40 million to research and market Australian food products to Asia.

It also sets up a Productivity Commission inquiry into cutting red tape for food manufacturing.

But the Shadow Agriculture Minister John Cobb says the Labor Government has introduced 20,900 more regulations and repealed just 104.

He says the Coalition will remove the cost burdens, and also make labour arrangements more flexible, like allowing split shifts for workers on dairy farms.

Mr Cobb says the Coalition will support the funding on researching Asian markets, but will change the focus to try to make agriculture more profitable.

“But whether it’s the processing industry, the agricultural food processing industry or whether agriculture itself, we are committed to knocking off a billion worth of unwarranted costs every year.”