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Accelerating Growth for Gippsland’s Food and Fibre industry

   Monday 8th April, 2019

Food & Fibre Gippsland has released an important strategy paper that will contribute to setting an aspirational growth target for the regional food and fibre industry, with the delivery of six capability platforms earmarked as a vital component in achieving those targets.

The capability platforms include; positioning food & fibre as the backbone of Gippsland’s economy, transforming the sector’s innovation ecosystems, developing future industries, connecting Gippsland, sustainable energy, land use and water as well as attracting and cultivating talent and leadership for the industry.

Currently worth $7 billion dollars, the sector has been identified as a vital contributor to the present and future economic prosperity of the Gippsland region.

The findings and recommendations of “Accelerating Growth for Gippsland’s Food and Fibre Industry” will be showcased at the official launch of Food & Fibre Gippsland this Friday at Farm World.

As Food & Fibre Gippsland aims to be an integral support and stakeholder in projects, initiatives and activities that make a positive impact on productivity, profitability, prosperity and ultimately in the bigger picture, the planet, being the collaborative force that joins that dots and brings the right people together at the right time, is more important than ever before.

Our region is large and our sector is diverse, both in terms of sizes of businesses and types of products, and Food & Fibre Gippsland is committed to representing and being inclusive of diverse interests.

Fundamental to aligning those collaborative and rival interests of stakeholders is establishing a growth target that is backed up and nurtured by a growth mindset, driven by all parts of the supply chain that are innovative and building momentum, with a determined focus on achieving goals, both as an individual and as a region.

The release of this discussion paper is the first of many steps to take towards achieving the ambitious target set by the Andrews Labor Government to increase food and fibre exports to $20 billion by 2030 by improving market access, supporting regional businesses and cutting red tape.

We encourage you to download and read through the document, and as always, Food & Fibre Gippsland is listening – we welcome your feedback, your questions, your suggestions and your ideas.