National ag priorities on agenda in Sydney
NSW Minister for Primary Industries, Lands and Water Niall Blair will meet with agriculture and primary industries ministers from other states, territories, the Commonwealth and New Zealand in Sydney today.
Mr Blair said this was an important opportunity to bring NSW issues to a national forum.
“The NSW primary industries sector is leading the nation in production, innovation and competitiveness – I am fiercely determined to keep it that way,” Mr Blair said.
“These forums play a vital role in making sure issues that affect a number or all of the states are addressed collectively and a way forward is paved as a national approach.
“Today’s discussion will focus on enhancing Australia's approach to developing markets and market access for our agricultural products in key markets globally.
“NSW is the powerhouse of the Australian economy – and our primary industries sector is the backbone of regional NSW.
“That’s why the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government has designed, for the first time in NSW, an Agriculture Industry Action Plan to work hand-in-hand with industry to increase the value of primary industries by 30 per cent before 2020.”
With drought such a dominate force for many Australian farmers and their communities at present, it will also feature heavily in the discussions.