Action plan to aid our farmers

A NEW industry action plan has been released to drive future growth of the agriculture industry in New South Wales.

The Industry Action Plan (IAP) is titled Primed For Growth: Investing locally, connecting globally.

Coffs Harbour MP Andrew Fraser said local producers would benefit when rolled out

"Agriculture is an important sector to our local economy and this plan identifies new opportunities for local farmers and puts in place the right actions to achieve future growth and productivity," Mr Fraser said.

"Importantly the IAP will reduce red tape for producers and make it easier to do business in NSW.

"The Agriculture IAP joins several action plans in other NSW key sectors, including manufacturing, professional services, creative industries, international education and research, the visitor economy and mining which is currently under development."

The recommendations for driving growth are based on:

Driving productivity into the future through innovation and partnering in research and development;

Building capacity to do business by cutting red tape, growing exports, attracting investment and connecting with the community; and

Developing a dynamic workforce and businesses through training to build the skill-base and improve capability.

Mr Fraser, said the Plan was a result of recommendations from the IAP Taskforce, led by livestock industry leader Lucinda Corrigan, which suggested a broad range of actions to be rolled out by industry and government.

"Extensive consultation between the taskforce, industry and government has led to the development of this plan, which will achieve the best results for NSW producers and the economy, over the next 10 years," he said.

"Local farmers will benefit from a range of initiatives and actions outlined in the plan, such as significant investment in research and development and facilitating and driving the development of workforce skills."

To view the Agriculture Industry Action Plan Primed for Growth: Investing locally, connecting globally, visit

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