July 18, 2013
The Department of Primary Industries (DPI) is encouraging farming, grazing and aquaculture businesses to have their say on the future of the agriculture industry through the Agriculture Industry Action Plan.
DPI Policy Manager, Agricultural Sustainability & Food Security, Scott Seaman said the Agriculture Industry Action Plan aims to address the challenges and opportunities for the agriculture industry over the next 10 years.
“Submissions close on 2 August, so I encourage you to have your say to help develop the plan to promote agricultural sustainability,” Mr Seaman said.
The Agriculture Industry Action Plan will develop achievable and effective initiatives to support the NSW Government’s 10 year strategic NSW 2021 plan.
Mr Seaman said the DPI is seeking input on what they see as the key issues for the agriculture sector in NSW.
“Your feedback will determine what can be done by industry and government to address the key issues and facilitate growth, innovation and productivity in the NSW agricultural sector,” he said.
“By increasing agriculture production we can increase agricultural incomes, exports and employment to benefit regional and rural communities and the NSW economy,” Mr Seaman said.
A Taskforce of nine industry leaders, led by beef producer, Lucinda Corrigan, has defined key issues for the Agriculture Industry Action Plan.
The issues are:
· productivity, profitability and innovation;
· workforce and skills;
· business and regulatory;
· investment and ownership;
· markets and export; and
· connecting with the community.
The development of the Agriculture Industry Action Plan is being coordinated by the Department of Primary Industries’ Office of Agricultural Sustainability and Food Security.
The discussion paper is available here
Submissions close Friday 2 August 2013.