SA's multi-million dollar investment to seed growth in grain industry

POSITIVE: A commitment of $3 million to South Australia's grain industry through two key projects will be delivered to drive growth and jobs. Photo: File
POSITIVE: A commitment of $3 million to South Australia's grain industry through two key projects will be delivered to drive growth and jobs. Photo: File

A spread of $3 million to South Australia's grain industry through two key projects has been approved by the state government to bolster export opportunities and drive growth and employment.

A commitment of $1.8 million will establish a Value-Added Oats Centre of Excellence, with a further $1.2 million made available for the state to partner in a Pulse Protein Cooperative Research Centre.

Both projects make up an industry-led plan to grow food, wine and agribusiness revenue to $23 billion by 2030.

They will be run out of the The University of Adelaide - Waite Campus.

Primary Industries and Regional Development Minister David Basham said the projects will build on South Australia's world class reputation for grain breeding and research.

"In recent years South Australia's grains sector has gone through some challenging times with drought and bushfire, and this $3 million investment aims to further position the state as a global leader," Minister Basham said.

Importantly, the Minister said it will provide a "strong platform" for further investment into the state's oats and pulses industries to drive growth and create jobs.

This provides a strong platform for further investment into South Australia's oats and pulses industries to drive growth and create jobs.

Primary Industries and Regional Development Minister David Basham

Notably, SA is a major producer of high-quality pulses including lentils, chickpeas, peas and faba beans.

"The average value of South Australian pulse production is over $200 million at the farmgate, with over $330 million worth of international exports," he said.

"About 85 per cent of our grain is exported around the world, including to India, Indonesia and Bangladesh, and there's an enormous opportunity for South Australia to tap into growing global demand for value-added grain products, particularly in Europe and North America.

The projects are expected to complement the South Australian Grain Industry Blueprint recently launched which targets a total farm gate value of $6 billion by 2030.

Minister Basham said through the Value-Added Oats Centre of Excellence, new oat products such as oat rice, savoury oat snacks, and oat milk will diversify food products and increase demand for oat domestically and globally.

"This funding directly supports our growth state initiative, and our commitment to investing in our export sectors and leveraging South Australia's competitive advantage."

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