Policies must support dairy industry priorities on growth and profitability: ADIC

The Australian Dairy Industry Council (ADIC) has lodged its submission in response to the Federal Government’s Agricultural Competitiveness Issues Paper.

In its submission, the ADIC calls on the Federal Government to focus on the following four priority areas in the short to medium term, if the dairy industry is to realise its full potential:

  • Trade(improving market access in new and existing markets and in particular, China);
  • Research, Development and Extension (RD&E);
  • OverseasLabourAccess;and
  • On-farm capital investment.

Australian Dairy is a $13 billion farm, manufacturing and export industry that directly employs 43,000 people on farms and in dairy processing, while more than 100,000 are employed in dairy service sectors.

ADIC Chair, Noel Campbell, said the dairy industry, with the right business environment, has the potential to grow, boosting Australia’s economic growth and creating additional jobs in food production and manufacturing.

“Dairy farmers and the broader industry are constantly investing, adapting and innovating for a profitable, sustainable and productive future,” Mr Campbell said.

“Building on the industry’s efforts, the actions of the Australian Government will be pivotal in securing not only the dairy industry’s future, but Australia’s hard-earned reputation as a supplier of quality and safe dairy products.

“We are committed to working constructively with the Federal Government in advancing these important priorities for the Australian dairy industry.”

Media Contact:

Karl Liebich, Media Officer

T: (03) 8621 4200

E: media@australiandairyfarmers.com.au

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