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WA Grains Industry Strategy 2025+

24-Feb-2015

A $10 Billion Vision for the Future: WA Grains Industry Strategy 2025+

Following the fourth largest WA grain harvest on record, and on the back of a record 17 million tonne plus harvest in season 2013/14, the WA grains industry is in a buoyant mood about its future.

Commenting on the launch today by the WA Food and Agriculture Minister of the WA Grains Industry Strategy 2025+, a strategy to double the value of the WA grains industry by 2025, the Chairman of the Grain Industry Association of WA Inc. (GIWA) Mr Sean Powell, said, “It is not inconceivable that by 2025 we may be looking at an annual Western Australian grain crop approaching 20 million tonnes, valued at around $10 billion.”

“Furthermore the industry is poised to see increased returns from investments in the WA grains value chain and in value-adding ventures on and off shore, capitalising on the growing middle class in Asia, as well as our traditional markets in north-east Asia and the Middle East.”

Speaking at the launch of the WA Grains Industry Strategy 2025+, Mr Powell paid tribute to the many voluntary and consultative hours given by people from across the entire WA grains value chain over the past 9 months in developing the strategy, from plant breeders, farm input suppliers, advisers, bankers, growers, accumulators, marketers, and industry organisations.

“This is the first time such a comprehensive strategy has been developed for the WA grains industry, which accounts for around 50% of the farm gate value of agriculture in the state, and around 40% of the value of grain exports from Australia”, he said.

The strategy comprises eight industry wide actions, as well as a raft of specific recommendations for the main grain commodities grown in WA; wheat, barley, oats, oilseeds and pulses.

Some parts of the industry are already investing in these actions, and I look forward to working with the entire industry over the next decade to 2025 to achieve the ambitious goal of doubling the value of the State’s grain industry from around $5 to $10 billion.

Actions called for under the eight major strategy initiatives include:

  •  a comprehensive least-cost pathway analysis of the process for getting grain from farm to export port (updating the 2009 Strategic Grain Network Review report),  including a full analysis of road funding requirements and a true economic comparison of rail and road costs
  • an examination of the need for grain handling infrastructure in the Kwinana Industrial Area, including intermodal transport hubbing, and container packing and
    grain processing using the Fremantle Inner harbour, and eventually a Fremantle Outer harbour
  • continuing the impetus to streamline export clearance and chemical registration processes
  • support for market choice for farmers and consumers to choose whether to use genetically modified products, and the repeal of current State legislation in favour of uniform national legislation relating to food safety and the environmental impact of all production technologies
  • pre-competitive promotion of Australia’s reputation for supplying high value grain markets, supported by classification, quality standards and biosecurity measures to ensure market access
  • continued emphasis on identifying value adding processing opportunities on shore and off shore, including looking at the feasibility of a consolidated grain processing hub in WA
  • Doppler radar facilities and improved mobile communication services throughout the grain belt to enable the full utilisation of technology available to maximise grain growing productivity
  • addressing the skills shortages, training and capacity building needs of those working in the WA grains industry

Other recommendations included actions to build farm business resilience and support for the priority setting processes under the Grains Research and Development Corporation.

Mr Powell said it is now up to industry, particularly the businesses which GIWA and other grain industry organisations represent, to implement these strategic actions.  Mr Powell said, “Many of these actions require industry to step up and take the lead, recognising that in some areas there is still a role for the support of government departments and agencies.”

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COMMENTS
Mr Sean Powell
Chairman, Grain Industry Association of WA Inc
PO Box 1081
Bentley DC, WA 6983
AUSTRALIA
Phone (+ 61 8) 6262 2128
spowell@giwa.org.au