Plans for South Australia's primary industry growth

The State Government has worked with key food, wine and agribusiness stakeholders to create a discussion paper and is now looking submissions.

The State Government has worked with key food, wine and agribusiness stakeholders to create a discussion paper and is now looking submissions.

Expanding the State's agricultural industries to an average growth rate of 3 per cent per year needs good planning and investment.

To achieve this result the South Australian Government has worked alongside key food, wine and agribusiness stakeholders to create a discussion paper - Growth State: Our Plan for Prosperity.

The paper is currently in the second phase with consultations being sought from stakeholders before the final plan is implemented early next year.

Minister for Primary Industries Tim Whetstone said industries targeted in the discussion paper included food and beverage, field crops, meat and livestock, wine, seafood, horticulture and forestry.

"This plan will consist of policies, programs and projects collectively designed to develop the state's capabilities, lift the competitiveness and attract investment, with a focus on export areas across four streams of government action - trade and investment, skills and innovation, infrastructure, and land, water and the environment," Mr Whetstone said.

"Developing a whole of sector plan will enable us to build on the work already undertaken by industry and identify key targets to reach the Growth State goal.

"Last year food, wine and agribusiness generated $14.8 billion in revenue, directly contributed over $8 billion to our Gross State Product, and produced well over half the state's merchandise exports."

Organisations working on the paper with the State Government included Food South Australia, Primary Producers SA and South Australian Wine Industry as well as other state and national bodies.

PPSA chair Rob Kerin said key enablers to growth were activities in trade and investment, skills and innovation, infrastructure and land, and water and the environment.

"The plan is seeking answers to questions about what needs to happen in these areas for businesses to grow, what the key challenges are and R&D priorities, how we can enhance the sector's competitiveness, and how other countries are implementing best practice," Mr Kerin said.

"Both industry and government are collaborating to find out what can be done to encourage the sector to grow, support innovation, build resilience and enhance competitiveness.

"As an example, PPSA would like to see a greater move from commodity to value add products for the resulting benefits to the state and regions.

"Food waste is a huge issue, and with the new Food Waste Cooperative Research Centre based in SA, we are keen to see waste put to use as food and other products."

Mr Kerin encouraged stakeholders to take the opportunity to read the discussion paper or attend one of the public meetings and make a submission.

- Details: To register to attend a meeting or to provide feedback visit www.yoursay.gov.au and scroll to the 'Growing food, wine and agribusiness in SA' tab. Closing date is October 25, 2019.

FWA discussion paper meetings:

  • Orroroo - Mon, Sept 16, 2-5pm at the Orroroo Golf Club
  • Clare - Tues, Sept 17, 2-5pm, Clare Town Hall
  • Kingscote - Thurs, Sept 19, 10am-12pm, Ozone Hotel
  • YP Field Days - Tues, Sept 24, by appt, GPSA site
  • Pt Lincoln - Mon, Sept 30, 2-5pm, Pt Lincoln Hotel
  • Wudinna - Tues, Oct 1, 1-4pm, Community Club
  • Barossa - Wed, Oct 9, 1-4pm, Vine Inn, Nuriootpa
  • Adelaide - Thurs, Oct 10, 9am-12pm, Science Exchange, 55 Exchange Plc
  • Loxton - Mon, Oct 14, 2-5pm, Loxton Research Centre
  • Bordertown - Tues, Oct 15, 2-5pm, Woolshed Inn
  • Mt Gambier - Wed, Oct 16, 2-5pm, City Hall
  • McLaren Vale - Mon, Oct 21, 9am-12pm, McLaren Vale & Fleurieu Visitor Centre
  • Langhorne Creek - Mon, Oct 21, 2-5pm, Oasis Gardens Function Centre
  • Murray Bridge - TBA
The South Australian Government has worked alongside key food, wine and agribusiness stakeholders to create a discussion paper, Growth State: Our Plan for Prosperity.

The South Australian Government has worked alongside key food, wine and agribusiness stakeholders to create a discussion paper, Growth State: Our Plan for Prosperity.

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