Nut and berry industries share in leadership funding

THE AUSTRALIAN nut and berry industries are both set to benefit from the federal government’s $5 million Leadership in Agricultural Industries Fund.
Nut and berry industries share in leadership funding Nut and berry industries share in leadership funding Nut and berry industries share in leadership funding Nut and berry industries share in leadership funding Nut and berry industries share in leadership funding

Kristy Moroney

The fund would provide $230,000 to Raspberries and Blackberries Australia and the Australian Blueberry Growers Association (ABGA) to team up and develop a new governance and leadership structure for the berry industry.

The Australian Nut Industry Council will also receive $379,200 in funding to support the development of industry leaders into the future.

Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Luke Hartsuyker, said these national organisations will work together to give the berry and nut industries a stronger and more cohesive representational structure. 

"Raspberries and Blackberries Australia, in partnership with ABGA will use the funding to develop; an effective governance and leadership structure for the berry industry, a berry industry strategic plan and train candidates identified for leadership roles in the new structure," Minister Hartsuyker said.

Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Senator Anne Ruston, said Australia's nut industry has enjoyed significant growth over the past five years and it's looking to build on this success.

"Our funding will support the Australian Nut Industry Council and its seven member organisations and grower members to plan and manage current and future expansion," Minister Ruston said.

"This includes training industry members in governance, strategic planning, leadership and advocacy, and establishing a succession program to maintain strong leadership within the industry, she said.

According to the Australian Nut Industry Council the nation's nut industry has increased 250 per cent in value in the last five years, and is predicted to exceed $2 billion by 2030 based on new plantings and productivity research investment. 

Member for Barker, Tony Pasin MP, said industry representation at the highest level can underpin future agricultural development.

"We want to ensure these representative organisations are able to advocate agricultural and rural issues effectively to the wider community and across government and champion their industries' priorities," Mr Pasin said.

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