Grain Producers SA is leading and coordinating the development of the South Australian Grain Industry Blueprint for 2020-2030. The initiative is the first of its kind for South Australia’s grain sector and will be developed in cooperation with industry and Government.
The Blueprint will provide a strategic framework to enable long-term planning and inform private and public grain industry investment decisions. The Blueprint will help to deliver greater investment through public-private partnerships, will boost research and development, as well as provide jobs and skills training at all levels. A Grain Industry Blueprint will ensure that SA producers, exporters, handlers, and manufacturers can continue to access overseas markets and will help to build export opportunities.
Expressions of interest for Blueprint Working Groups now open!
The South Australian Grain Industry Blueprint presents a unique and exciting opportunity for growers and other grain industry stakeholders across the state to help shape the sector’s future for the next 10 years.
The State Government is committed to supporting SA’s primary industries to invest, expand and grow. To drive this, the government has set an objective to lift the sustainable economic growth rate in SA to an average of three per cent per year.
This equates to the grain industry contributing $6 billion to gross food revenue by 2030. To achieve this, the industry needs to look at:
- Access to best markets
- Increasing yields
- Decreasing cost
Research and consultation as part of the Blueprint’s development to date has identified six key themes which will form the pillars the Blueprint will be built around. These pillars address the three issues above.
The Market Opportunities theme is the overarching theme and the priorities identified under this pillar will cascade down to value adding opportunities and biosecurity and quality assurance requirements to ensure South Australian growers have the access to the best markets. Infrastructure investment, building industry capacity and innovation will address the priorities of increasing yields and decreasing costs to realise the market opportunities.
The Working Groups
The Market Opportunities working group will assist in understanding who the South Australian grain industry’s customers will be in 2030 and what they will likely require. These opportunities will be quantified and prioritised as most suitable for the South Australian grain industry.
This working group will look at Value Adding in the context of examining opportunities outside of the bulk grain export pathways. This is important when considering the future of the SA grain industry, as the more developed markets on the East Coast must also be looked at.
Biosecurity and Quality Assurance
This working group will focus on ensuring the South Australian grain industry has the culture to deliver programs to meet future needs in a positive and proactive way, rather than being compliance driven.
This working group will identify the barriers to on-farm investment that exist and how can the industry can foster an environment of investment certainty to accelerate the adoption of innovations.
Building Industry Capacity
This working group will consider what ‘cultural’ settings the industry needs to attract people to it, how the industry can become employers of choice, and what skill shortages will exist in 2030. This pillar will also determine how to build the capacity of South Australian farm businesses through upskilling in areas such as financial literacy and risk management to build resilience and continue to innovate.
This working group will consider how the industry can assist in building business cases for long term investment by both the public and private sectors to realise the market opportunities identified.