With Agri-food an identified growth opportunity and priority for South Australia, the question arises: how do farmers get a reasonable return in the competitive world of global agriculture and food?
Australian costs of production are high by global standards – we know that – so the quality and safety attributes of our produce and products needs to be at the fore.
The South Australian Government’s Luxury and Functional Foods project maps some pathways for functional (with enhanced attributes) and luxury (not just premium, luxury) food chains.
A global research project, a number of recommendations to action provide guidance on opportunities, technology and resources.
With farmers up to their ears in farming, there is an opening for the next generation of farmers and agri-entrepreneurs to take up these opportunities for value adding to create some exciting food products for food service, domestic consumption and export. With current investment in food manufacturing, this report is timely. Economic Development practitioners from food producing (and nearby) areas should work with PIRSA to ensure the success of this work and to keep it on the table and active.
Photo: Seppeltsfield’s Para 100 year old Tawny.