THE Grains Research and Development Corporation has pledged more than $17.5 million over four years to Grains Australia Limited to bolster the competitiveness and profitability of the nation’s grain sector across the value chain in domestic and international markets.
Established by GRDC in 2020, Grains Australia delivers industry-good services and functions on behalf of the grains sector.
That includes classification, trade and market access, market information and education with the aim of ensuring Australia has a collaborative and unified approach.
Grain Producers Australia has welcomed the announcement, and GPA deputy chair, south-west Queensland grower, and grower representative on the Grains Australia Advisory Committee, Andrew Earle, said the funding commitment provided a level of certainty to support GAL’s continued evolution.
Mr Earle said it allowed continuity for Grains Australia to further consolidate industry-good functions and increase necessary capacity building with more professional staff and technical expertise.
However, he said the organisation had to ensure it delivered genuine outcomes and demonstrated results, which increased the value of Australian grains and boosted returns for Australian grain producers.
“GPA backed the initial establishment of Grains Australia with the use of grower levies to achieve shared goals of increasing market access and efficiencies, to boost the profitability, sustainability and international competitiveness of the Australian grains industry,” Mr Earle said.
“This funding is another step towards achieving these outcomes – not only for growers but also across the industry. This also improves economic returns for rural communities and the economy.
“GPA will continue acting as a strong voice advocating for growers in this evolution process and to ensure growers remain central to Grains Australia’s structure, goals and objectives.”