Western Australia’s new Agriculture Minister says he wants to position the sector to take advantage of the market opportunities that will open up over the next few decades.
A recent cabinet reshuffle resulted in Dean Nalder replacing Ken Baston as WA Agriculture Minister.
Mr Nalder is now responsible for agriculture and transport, which he believes has great synergies.
“Transport and logistics is a critical aspect of agriculture and it’s one of the key inputs,” he said.
“If I look at the role that government should play in looking at agriculture, it’s looking at all aspects of the supply chain and looking at how we can provide better support.”
Mr Nalder said he had been intimately involved in the agriculture sector for a long time.
“I was brought up on a farm. I had my own wheat farm so I was cropping primarily, because I was living in Perth at the time,” he said.
“I’m also someone that prides myself on making things happen and getting things done.
“For me there’s been a lot around setting up this industry over numbers of decades around the biosecurity and keeping our environment as a clean and safe and secure environment, and that’s giving us a market advantage into Asia right at this point in time.”
Mr Nalder said it was also important to build on the state’s agricultural brand and marketing.
“How do we open up markets, how do we leverage markets, how do we create a brand and a marketing exercise where people come seeking us out?” he said.
“And if they seek us out, then how do we actually connect them and co-ordinate and help facilitate an environment where they connect with the different industries that we have within the agriculture sector?”
(Source – http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-04-07/wa-agriculture-minister-dean-nalder-explore-new-markets/7307414)