Strengthening grains industry representation
8 July 2015
The Australian Government today provided a way forward for a unified grains industry by declaring Grain Producers Australia and Grain Growers Limited as joint representative organisations (ROs) for grains under the Primary Industries Research and Development Act.
Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, said this resolution provided clarity for the grains industry to move forward, after years of disagreement on industry representation.
“I know this has been an important issue for grain growers, and today I have taken action, which I believe is in the best interests of all producers,” Minister Joyce said.
“For over 12 months Grain Producers Australia and Grain Growers Limited have been working together on a unified representative organisation. I recently met twice with the Chairman of both organisations to discuss progress towards this goal, however at this stage they have been unable to come to a final agreement.”
Appointing both organisations as ROs ensures that the largest possible number of levy payers, including state farming organisations as well as direct members, have the opportunity to have a say on how their research and development dollars are spent.
“Australia’s grains industry delivers big returns to the Australian economy; production of grains, oilseeds and pulses was worth $14.6 billion in 2013–14, with exports worth $12.2 billion of that,” Minister Joyce said.
“The Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) in 2013–14 received $120.2 million in industry contributions, and $68.6 million in government matched funding—a significant investment by government and industry in funding research efforts.
“I have been assured by Grain Producers Australia and Grain Growers Limited that they accept this decision and will now work together with GRDC to continue to achieve the best possible returns for growers.”