GRAIN Producers Australia is encouraging all growers to participate in the Harvest Review – Grains Policy Priority survey to help the organisation determine the key issues for growers from last year’s cropping program.
The results of the survey will allow GPA to better represent growers on topics, such as national policy, infrastructure, market access and biosecurity.
It also gives the organization valuable insight into growers’ level of optimism about the season compared to previous harvests.
The survey can be accessed here, and closes at midnight on Sunday, February 19.
GPA budget priorities
The survey release comes as GPA finalises its submission to the Federal Government as part of the 2023-24 Federal Budget process.
Many of the topics mentioned in the survey form the basis of the submission.
- the need to prioritise greater investment in local manufacturing to help mitigate production risks and high input costs;
- stronger preventative biosecurity measures to protect growers;
- more efficient supply chain;
- optimising grain market competition; and,
- increased access to farm labour.
GPA chair and Western Australia grain producer, Barry Large, said budgetary and policy backing for these priorities will help boost the productivity and sustainability of Australian grain producers and strengthen the overall value and resilience of our industry.
“This will also deliver shared benefits to increase the social and economic resilience of our rural and farming communities, and the national economy,” Mr Large said.
“In essence, strengthening the business environment and productive outlook of Australian grain producers and our industry, with targeted policy support and investments, will also help build a better future for Australia.”
Mr Large said it is now, off the back of two record harvests, that the Federal Government should invest in areas that help the grains industry continue as a major contributor to national agricultural output.
“These high returns not only help supply domestic grain needs and value adding industries, including a large percentage towards livestock feed and meat production, they also enable a significant export industry for international markets and consumers, throughout the globe,” Mr Large said.
“Now is an ideal time to invest in the Australian grains industry’s future, to continue delivering increased value with stronger growth and resilience for the nation.
“GPA will continue working with the Federal Government and other stakeholders to engage and collaborate on these priorities and look forward to the budget being handed down in May.”