A raft of key projects aimed at increasing productivity and profitability for the South Australian grain industry have been outlined in Grain Producers SA’s (GPSA) 2022 State Election Priorities released today.
GPSA’s 2022 State Election Priorities was compiled following a ‘Grower Priorities Survey’, which found market access, drought resilience, climate change and biosecurity were the top policy issues affecting profitability and productivity of South Australian grain growers.
GPSA Chief Executive Officer Brad Perry said GPSA is seeking all political parties and candidates to commit to the initiatives the grain sector has put forward as part of the March 2022 state election.
“With the Grain Industry Blueprint setting the target for a $6 billion contribution to the state’s gross food revenue by 2030, our grain growers need the support and backing of all levels of government to reach that goal,” Mr Perry said.
“GPSA’s 2022 State Election Priorities document outlines a number of important projects to create new international and domestic market opportunities, invest in research and development, provide greater connectivity, protect the state’s grain growers against pests and diseases and build and train a labour workforce to meet demand.
“In the face of adversity, South Australia’s $4 billion grain industry directly employing 23,000 people has demonstrated it is resilient and innovative but with further support, we believe the grain industry can exponentially grow and reach its full potential.
“Through GPSA’s 2022 State Election Priorities, we have outlined the levers that need to be pulled to deliver industry growth and we encourage all candidates to support our policy asks.
“With GPSA’s pre-election forums in the electorates of Chaffey, Flinders and Narungga coming up, I look forward to hearing more from candidates about their support for measures to drive growth in the South Australian grain industry.”
GPSA’S KEY PROJECT ASKS:
• $10 million Grain Growth Program
• $20 million Agricultural mobile blackspot funding round
• $4.2 million for a sustainable weather station network
• $250,000 for subsidised PPE equipment packs for farmers fighting fires
• $700,000 for a new agricultural bag recycling program
• Introduction into SA Parliament of a new Biosecurity Act
• $6 million grain export and market entry program
• Four-year maintenance fund to address the state’s road maintenance backlog
• $4 million for retraining into agriculture initiative.