Agribusiness processors face a unique set of challenges that vary from those faced by the upstream agricultural sector and downstream manufacturers of fast moving consumer goods. For instance:
Agribusiness processors are generally large-scale operations, often located in rural and regional areas, and hence face challenges in terms of:
- access to infrastructure (road, rail, ports) to enable development of the sector and access to domestic and international markets,
- on-site access to electricity, gas and water supplies and trade waste treatment services,
- and skilled and knowledgeable labour force.
WHAT WE DO
Develop and advocate a policy, regulatory and business environment that facilitates a profitable and internationally competitive agribusiness sector that makes a significant contribution to the Australian economy.
The key activities of the Agribusiness Forum are to represent the best interests of the Australian agribusiness sector regarding industry and government related policy developments by:
- Developing a strong, cohesive and credible voice on key agribusiness sector issues
- Driving an agribusiness policy agenda with the Australian and State governments
- Identifying and prioritising key market issues and opportunities of interest to agribusiness sector
PRIORITIES FOR 2016
- Build a reputation as a strong, cohesive and credible voice for the agribusiness sector, representing an engaged membership
- Improve the cost competitiveness of the Australian agribusiness sector
- Increase exports of Australian food and grocery products including semi-processed agricultural commodities, ingredient supplies and raw materials.