NSW Government releases the NSW Dairy Industry Action Plan

The NSW Government has today released the NSW Dairy Industry Action Plan, which sets the foundations for the future growth of the industry. Photo: Henk Tobbe.

 

PORT Stephens and the surrounding regions are home to a range of agriculture, including dairy farms.

For farmers, being involved in the dairy business means that the farm works every day of the year and it is important that farmers and the industry take advantage of growth opportunities.

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The NSW Government has released the NSW Dairy Industry Action Plan, which sets the foundations for the future growth of the industry.

While many of us think of dairy as fresh milk for a Milo or a Latte there is also a burgeoning industry in supplying powdered milk for formula across the globe.

The Action Plan has been developed by the NSW Fresh Milk and Dairy Advocate Ian Zandstra, who was appointed in September 2019 and has been supported by industry representatives.

Minister for Agriculture Adam Marshall said the plan would now be handed to industry to lead the implementation with the support of NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI).

“Ian has done an outstanding job as the Fresh Milk & Dairy Advocate, delivering a clear path forward that has received broad industry support.

“This plan will ensure the state’s dairy industry remains resilient and profitable for many years to come,” Mr Marshall said.

“The plan makes 28 recommendations, including the need to establish a Dairy Industry Action Plan Implementation Panel, to execute the Action Plan and report on its progress.”

Mr Zandstra said he was pleased to see the final report released after extensive consultation with industry and government.

“The NSW dairy industry is naturally innovative and resilient, so it was encouraging to deliver a report that has a clear, practical way forward that will support the growth of the sector,” Mr Zandstra said.

“There is strong consensus within industry on what changes are needed to ensure we remain competitive so I am excited we are now transitioning to the implementation stage.”

Mr Marshall said the implementation panel would be made up of industry representatives tasked with ensuring all 28 recommendations of the action plan are enacted.

“Today marks an important milestone as we move from planning to implementation.”

 

By Marian SAMPSON

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