Media Release

Time for South Australia to have its say

26 March 2014

South Australians with a passion for agriculture are invited to have their say at face-to-face meetings next month.

Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, urged those who know agriculture best to contribute to the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper process.

The Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper Taskforce will visit Crystal Brook and Renmark in April and meet with farmers and agricultural representatives who have practical ideas on how Australia can sustain and grow the sector are encouraged to get involved.

"Roundtable meetings with invited participants will be held, along with scheduled one-on-one meetings. I encourage those with ideas, enthusiasm and knowledge to get involved in this process and have their say," Minister Joyce said.

Australia's agriculture sector is an important contributor to the Australian economy and each year our farmers produce around $50 billion worth of food and fibre, and exports are valued at almost $40 billion.

"Now is your opportunity to put forward your big ideas for creating a stronger, more profitable and more sustainable agriculture sector," Minister Joyce said.

"We want to know how we can effectively increase competitiveness and farm gate profitability while also contributing to the prosperity of our rural and regional communities."

The Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper Taskforce has been visiting towns and regional centres across Australia to consult about the issues paper – the first step in the White Paper development process.

If you would like to make a one-on-one appointment with the taskforce while they are near you, phone 02 6271 6272 or email agricultural.competitiveness@pmc.gov.au.

Building on our strengths in agriculture is part of the Australian Government's plan to build a diverse 5-Pillar economy to generate jobs and deliver a stronger, more prosperous economy.

If you are not attending a roundtable or have been unable to make a one-on-one appointment you can still make a submission. To find out how, visit www.agriculturalcompetitiveness.dpmc.gov.au.

Submissions are due by 5pm, 17 April 2014.

Town Roundtable and one-on-one
Crystal Brook 9 April
Renmark 10 April