Grain Industry Supply Chain meeting

Recently Grain Producers SA had the opportunity to sit down with stakeholders from across the grain supply chain for a discussion on opportunities and challenges now and going forward. The breakfast event came about through an invitation from the Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development, Clare Scriven MLC, and the Department of Primary Industries and Regions (PIRSA) CEO Mehdi Doroudi.

Here’s the key takeaways from the specially convened grain supply chain meeting where more than 20 representatives attended:

Where’s SA’s research capacity gone?

The investment in research, development and extension (RDE) in South Australia’s grain industry, and agriculture for that matter, continues to be hit hard by not only a lack of investment but a lack of capacity. Without the people to innovate and think outside the square, we will continue to only attract a small share of national RDE investment in grains.

Container supply shortage

Our exporters are continually looking for opportunities to move grain via containers rather than bulk shipments. However, the availability of export containers continues to be a major problem. Even with sporadic supply increases, the cost is still through the roof. The sub-continent wants our pulses but we are finding it increasingly difficult to export them there on a consistent basis and in the quantities they demand.

Markets want traceability

The demand for more data and traceability from international markets is likely to grow, meaning that the pressure from our markets for increasing sustainability and provenance credentials, particularly from Europe, is likely here to stay.

Feeding the World

We shouldn’t underestimate the critical role grain producers play not only in South Australia and nationally but across the world, in providing staple diets to countries that desperately need it. There needs to be a focus not just on food security, but also on nutrition security.

AgTech – what next?

Grain producers are using technology every day on-farm to assist in making key business decisions but there are still so many unrealised productivity and profitability opportunities. With labour and input cost challenges, technology adoption is vitally important to bolster sustainability when Return-On-Investment (ROI) stacks up.

By GPSA CEO Brad Perry. This article first appeared in the Stock Journal