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Farms and processors need Minister for Food to champion ag exports | Farm Online



The farm sector’s $100 billion production goal can be easily achieved by 2030 – and doubled – if a serious national effort is made to unite food manufacturers and farmers under a peak strategy body, or even a food ministry in Canberra.

While food processing is Australia’s biggest manufacturing industry, contributing significant added value and export appeal to our farm output, it is also an industry shackled by a lack of cohesive planning and national goals, according to an investigation by the Page Research Centre.

It also frequently lacks practical incentives required to become a bigger, smarter export player.

The research centre’s findings highlighted pitfalls ranging from logistics and infrastructure bottlenecks, to complex,…

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