GPSA sets priorities for state

Grain Producers SA has released the five priorities it says will unlock increased growth and employment for the South Australian economy from the grain industry.

Grain Producers SA has released the five priorities it says will unlock increased growth and employment for the South Australian economy from the grain industry.

The 2018 SA election policy statement outlines a number of specific measures in areas vital to the grain industry’s profitability including logistics and markets, research and development, workforce capacity building and priority land use.

GPSA has asked all political parties and candidates to commit to:

Chairman Wade Dabinett said the broader themes of the election campaign debate between the parties to date had centred on delivering jobs and growth to SA, which was exactly what the grain industry offered.

“Last year, the grain industry alone contributed $2.5 billion to the state’s economy and employed nearly 180,000 directly and in the food sector,” he said.

“There is scope to further increase our contribution to the economy if the right environment is created.

“In our policy statement we have outlined what needs to happen for growth to be delivered and invite all candidates to learn more about our industry and its potential.

“Some of the specific actions required are addressing a shortage of 20-foot containers for grain exports, further investing in biosecurity given the huge benefits for the state, independently reviewing the Mining Act 1971, gaining access to grain stocks information, and making the grain supply chain more efficient.”

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