AUSTRALIA - A Blueprint for the South Australian sheep industry, which aims to increase value and maintain international competitiveness has been launched.
The South Australian Sheep Industry Blueprint maps the industry's growth strategy for the next five years.
One of the key objectives of the Blueprint is to grow the SA sheep industry's production and value from the current base of $1.48 billion by 20 per cent to $1.8 billion by 2020.
It supports the State Government's economic priority of Premium food and wine produced in our clean environment and exported to the world.
Agriculture Minister Leon Bignell said: "South Australia's sheep, wool and lamb industry is vitally important to the state's economy and for jobs in our regions.
"South Australia's sheep, wool and lamb industry is growing year on year and currently generates $1.48 billion in revenue annually.
"By supporting the development of this Blueprint, the State Government is investing in the growth and development of these industries into the future.
"The Blueprint is a perfect fit with the State Government's economic priority of Premium food and wine produced in our clean environment and exported to the world.
"The Blueprint offers a united approach across the entire value chain to help the SA sheep industry achieve much more than each business or sector could alone."
Blueprint Working Group Chairman Allan Piggott said: "The strategy is key to securing the future success and productivity of the SA sheep industry.
"The launch of the Blueprint today marks a hugely important milestone for this industry.
"It heralds a new, united and coordinated push to boost the industry's productivity and the popularity of today's event is a reflection of the excellent support the strategy has garnered from producers across the state.
"We have focused on a whole of industry approach, with more than 150 producers and industry stakeholders directly contributing ideas and priorities to the Blueprint."
Livestock SA President Geoff Power: "The strategies and actions detailed in the Blueprint recognise the critical importance of matching consumer demand.
"We must have production systems and value chains that meet these expectations and effectively communicate total value chain integrity.
"The Blueprint is an exciting step forward in ensuring these actions are taken, as well as boosting productivity and profitability in the sheep industry."
For further information visit www.livestocksa.org.au/blueprint
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