The highly anticipated FutureSA Agribusiness Growth Forum with special guest speaker, the Hon Jo Goodhew, New Zealand Minister for Food Safety and Associate Minister for Primary Industries, will be held today.
The Forum, hosted by Shadow Minister for Agriculture, Food and Fisheries David Ridgway, will consider ways in which the SA agribusiness sector can access modern technologies and innovations and reverse the worrying trend that has seen SA’s share of agriculture based exports in steady decline since 2001.
Earlier this week, the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement was signed by the Federal Government, which presents a number of opportunities for the SA agribusiness sector.
The Forum is being attended by South Australia’s key agribusiness industry leaders, including Grain Producers SA, Primary Producers SA, Pork SA, Food SA as well as agribusiness representatives from firms such as CBRE, PWC, NAB, Rabobank, Viterra and many more.
“We’re very fortunate to have secured Minister Goodhew as our guest speaker. She will provide invaluable insight into the NZ agricultural and economic success story in recent times,” said Mr Ridgway.
“The New Zealand economy is thriving at the moment and that is being driven in no small part by the country’s booming agricultural and export sectors.
“In South Australia it is no secret that our agricultural exports are falling behind that of our interstate counterparts.
“This Forum is an excellent opportunity for SA’s key agribusiness leaders to have an open and honest discussion about getting our state’s agriculture industry back on track and making our exports competitive once more.
“I’m confident that with SA’s biggest players in agribusiness around the table we’ll have some really positive outcomes and ideas to move forward with.
Mr Ridgway would like to thank CBRE, FutureSA and Rabobank for their support in sponsoring this event.
The Forum will be held at The Stamford Plaza from 9am.