The Australian Government has made a $4 billion commitment to increasing Australia’s agricultural competitiveness.
One of the key pillars to grow agriculture is accessing premium markets. We must complement our existing trade and produce the premium agricultural products that increasingly affluent consumers in overseas markets want. We need to target high-end food segments by producing differentiated products built around a reputation for safety, integrity and quality.
One of the premium markets we need to look at is organics.
The Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources held preliminary discussions with industry over the period of September – December 2016 about the opportunities and barriers to accessing the global organics market.
This process was intended to test the waters on the interest of the industry in working together to increase the competitiveness of the Australian organics sector.
The discussions led to workshops at the Australian Parliament House on 8 December 2016 and 30 January 2017 which reviewed and validated the discussion put forward in a draft discussion paper.
Comments on the draft discussion paper are invited by email to Britt Spyrou by 28 February 2017.
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