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The Australian grains industry’s strength and value to the national economy and rural communities was showcased before federal political leaders, at Parliament House in Canberra last night.

A special event hosted by the Parliamentary Friends of Primary Producers and Grain Producers Australia saw industry leaders provide Federal MPs and Senators with an overview of the sector, such as the type and volume of grains produced in different growing regions.

Co-Chairs of the Parliamentary Friends of Primary Producers – Meryl Swanson MP and the Hon Nola Marino MP – both welcomed the opportunity to hear directly from growers and industry members about their sector’s positive impacts on rural communities and the national economy.

Co-Chairs of the Parliamentary Friends of Primary Producers Meryl Swanson MP (centre) and the Hon Nola Marino MP (left) with GPA Chief Executive, Colin Bettles.

“It is a great pleasure to host this event with my parliamentary colleague Nola Marino. This Parliamentary Friends group provides a valuable space to share ideas and build relationships,” Ms Swanson said.

“The Parliamentary Friends of Primary Producers Group gives a great opportunity for Grain Producers Australia to provide valuable information about the industry, directly to a cross section of members and senators in the parliament,” Ms Marino said.

GPA hosted the educational event alongside GrainGrowers, Grain Trade Australia, the Grains Research and Development Corporation, the Australian Export Grains Innovation Centre, Grains Australia, and the Manildra Group.

Tracy Lefroy from the GrainGrowers National Policy Group shared her story and insights about partnering in a 4500 hectare grain growing enterprise at Moora in WA, and the value of grain production in her local farming community.

Other grower representatives – Jane Worner from Wombat, near Young and Roger Bolte from West Wyalong and Bruce Watson from Parkes who are on GRDC’s Northern Panel – also took time out from their busy harvest schedules, and managing recent heavy rains and flooding events, to attend.

GPA Chief Executive, Colin Bettles, said the forum provided an invaluable opportunity to share the fantastic story of Australia’s dynamic grains industry, and the importance of working together with political representatives, to ensure the sector remains profitable and sustainable.

He said the event also demonstrated how the Australian grains supply chain operates beyond the farm gate, to transport grains and produce various products efficiently, while generating greater value in domestic and international markets.

“The Australian grains industry is a powerhouse of the national agricultural economy and vital to the social and economic fabric and economic prosperity of our rural communities,” he said.

“Our industry also reaches consumers everywhere, not just in Australia. This is clearly demonstrated by the Manildra Group’s range of Australian food and industrial products, including wheat flours, bakery mixes, starches, syrups, ethanol, stockfeeds, fats and oils, and bags.

“Our grains are exported to a diverse range of markets across Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas.

“It was fantastic to share these valuable insights about what we do and how we do it, and the challenges and opportunities we face, with our political leaders.

“We sincerely thank Meryl and Nola for providing this knowledge-sharing opportunity and acknowledge everyone who was able to attend, including Agriculture Minister, Murray Watt.

Agriculture Minister, Murray Watt.

“We look forward to continuing this positive engagement and collaboration, to continue delivering outcomes and building a stronger future for our industry and the communities we serve to benefit.”

Australian Grains Industry Fast Facts – 2021-22

· $19.1 billion gross value of production (number derived from 3-year rolling average)

· 23.4 million hectares of crop sown

· 62 million tonnes of grain produced (55.8 million tonnes produced in 2020–21)

· $22.8 billion value of exported grains ($12.4 billion in 2020–21)

· Australian growers and Australian Govt. co-invested $177.1 million, through the GRDC, into grains RD&E across 656 projects, collaborating with more than 200 research partners

· 21,720 grains levy payers

* Source GRDC ANNUAL REPORT 2021–22 (P3)



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