A Marshall Liberal Government will reinstate $100,000 funding per year to the Agriculture Bureau of South Australia’s advisory board.
The Advisory Board of Agriculture (ABA) has been dedicated to excellence in agriculture and the promotion of primary production as a career for the past 125 years.
The Weatherill Labor Government ceased funding to the ABA from July 2012.
The continuing withdrawal of funding for primary production support and representation, combined with a genuine lack of support from Government, is a challenge for South Australian primary producers.
“Unlike the Weatherill Labor Government, the State Liberals recognise the importance of an organisation run by farmers for farmers,” said State Liberal Leader Steven Marshall.
“The agriculture sector is a significant contributor to the State’s economy, providing over $5 billion in state revenue annually and 32,000 direct jobs.
“The State Liberals are strong supporters of our state’s food production industries.
“We understand the importance of our regions, including our primary producers, and the importance of providing them with the support they need.
“South Australia needs a strong and positive primary production sector with a direct link between the Minister, the Department and the primary producers, which is the purpose of the ABA.
“A Marshall Liberal Government has better priorities to get our State back on track.”