Eyre Peninsula growers have input into blueprint

DISCUSSION: GPSA's Shane Gale, Kimba farmer Dion Woolford, Buckleboo farmer Tristan Baldock, Cowell farmer Rowena Norris and Jonathan Wilson.
DISCUSSION: GPSA's Shane Gale, Kimba farmer Dion Woolford, Buckleboo farmer Tristan Baldock, Cowell farmer Rowena Norris and Jonathan Wilson.

Grain growers from across Eyre Peninsula provided feedback on a blueprint to strengthen South Australia's grain industry over the next 10 years.

Grain Producers SA is holding consultation sessions across the state to allow growers the chance to provide feedback on what issues they are facing and what areas need attention.

The blueprint will provide a strategic framework to enable long-term planning and inform private and public investment into the grain industry, as well as aiming to boost research and development and build on export opportunities.

The first session across the state was held at the Cummins Bowling Club on July 30 with about 15 growers in attendance.

Blueprint manager Jonathan Wilson, an independent manager contracted by Grain Producers SA, said there was plenty of discussion from the growers.

"There was a lot about innovation as far as on farm innovation and creating options for growers in terms of how and the ways they can access markets," he said.

"The past year has shown growers, even in this area the importance of the domestic market.

"Growers are absolutely willing to innovate and willing to try new things and the blueprint is trying to encourage that."

Mr Wilson said there was not a "one-size fits all" approach and what growers needed on the Eyre Peninsula would differ to what was needed in other parts of the state.

After the session in Cummins consultations were held at the Minnipa Agricultural Centre on July 31 and at the Cleve District Hall on August 1.

Grain Producers SA policy officer Shane Gale said while numbers were small the sessions provided good input.

"The people who attended were really keen to have input," he said.

The meetings also reviewed the CFS harvest and stubble burning codes of practice.

Mr Wilson said there would be meetings with different elements of the industry in the next few weeks and he would convene with working groups about issues raised during consultation.

People can still provide feedback by contacting Mr Wilson on 1300 734 884 or emailing at blueprint@grainproducerssa.com.au. Sessions will be held at Roseworthy today, Loxton on Friday and Murray Bridge on August 30.