'Ambitious' target to boost agricultural exports

03:13, Jun 13 2013

A Ministry for Primary Industries official says the ministry's goal to double agricultural sector exports by 2025 is a "unifying call".

The ministry's director of verification, Chris Kebbell, said long-term relationships with agribusiness stakeholders had been bolstered by new partnerships within industry members, accelerating production to meet the target.

"As a result, there is a framework for engaged conversations and productive relationship," Kebbell said today at a Fieldays seminar discussing the goal.

The target will increase the sector's output from $32 billion in exports last year to $64b in 2025.

Ministry director-general Wayne McNee said the goal, which is part of the Government's business growth agenda to increase exports from 30 per cent to 40 per cent of gross domestic product by 2025, was an "ambitious target".

"That's been well acknowledged and it's certainly not going to be easy," he said.

"Currently, we believe there is a significant gap between what we are doing now and what needs to happen to reach that target."

He said one government initiative to help close the gap was the Primary Growth Partnership (PGP), which invested in primary industry research and innovation.

A new round of PGP funding has just opened and McNee encouraged agricultural business and stakeholders to put forward an application for the scheme.

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