As we approach the festive season, it’s a great time to reinforce the importance of the NSW agricultural industry and buying locally grown produce.
We all enjoy a Christmas feast with our families – full of fresh fruit and vegetables and high quality meat and dairy goods – and we sometimes take for granted where these products come from.
NSW farmers and producers are working behind the scenes in tough conditions, to ensure our communities continue to receive the best products.
NSW agribusinesses are incredibly important to our economy. The state’s primary industries sector is worth $12 billion and we want it to continue growing.
Through our Agriculture Industry Action Plan, we have laid a strategic roadmap to ensure the continued growth of the sector and help producers capitalise on future opportunities.
The NSW Government is also supporting primary industry with practical measures. Just recently, in time for the Christmas and New Year’s holiday period, we have bolstered the coastal prawn population with our new Marine Fish Stocking Program.
The Nationals are helping the state’s agribusinesses achieve on the international stage too. Through NSW Trade & Investment’s Export Accelerator Program, we are helping agribusinesses better plan and manage some of the risks and costs of export activities.
And at the Federal level, the new Korea-Australia Free Trade Agreement is helping NSW farmers and businesses by reducing trade barriers and exporting their goods to a much-wider market.
Commodities such as wine, wheat and sugar will immediately benefit from the agreement, while other agricultural products such as beef, lamb, horticulture and dairy will become more competitive as their trade tariffs are progressively eliminated over the next decade.
With this landmark new agreement now in effect, it won’t be long until our state’s farmers and businesses experience the same benefits and potential with other nations, including China.
While the future of the industry is bright, let’s spare a thought for our farmers this Christmas, who are doing it tough, and support them by buying local.
Leader of the NSW Nationals