Grain Producers SA (GPSA) is urging grain producers across South Australia to vote on the Grain Industry Fund (GIF) and Grain Industry Research and Development Fund (GIRDF) Reform proposals before 10 January 2024.
GPSA has been undertaking consultation on the GIF and GIRDF Reform proposals to change the collection process of the GIF and GIRDF from cents per tonne to a collection method based on percentage per farm gate return. As part of this process, an uplift in both the GIF and GIRDF amount is also proposed.
GPSA Chair John Gladigau said it was crucial that grain producers read the Reform Proposal documentation and vote before the 10 January 2024 deadline.
“We are encouraging South Australian grain producers to read the proposal and vote through the survey to ensure your position counts,” he said.
“We want to get feedback from as many grain producers across South Australia as possible about the proposed change to the method of collection of the GIF and GIRDF and new set rate as a percentage of return being 0.10 per cent for the GIF and 0.12 per cent for the GIRDF.”
As part of the consultation process, which opened on 11 October 2023, GPSA has communicated extensively with grain producers on the proposal including via post, social media, newsletters, text messages, media releases, opinion pieces and more. GPSA also ran two separate webinars with GPSA Chair John Gladigau and SAGIT Chair Professor Andrew Barr presenting and answering questions from grain producers.
Mr Gladigau said that, if successful, the Reform Proposals would provide an uplift to the amount of funds collected so GPSA and SAGIT can continue to build on the advocacy, leadership and quality research needed for South Australia to be at the forefront of the grains industry in Australia.
“The Reform Proposal is also about creating a more equitable levy collection system which is fit for purpose for today and into the future,” he said.
For more information and to vote on the Reform Proposal, visit: www.grainproducerssa.com.au/gif-girdf-reform-proposal/
Grain Producers SA is the peak industry body representing the 4,500 grain farming businesses in South Australia.