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State Liberals call on Weatherill Labor Government to reinstate funding to ABA

The State Liberals have called on the Weatherill Labor Government to reinstate $100,000 in annual funding to support the Advisory Board of Agriculture (ABA).

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.

However, the Weatherill Labor Government ceased funding to the ABA from July 2012.

Labor has not committed to reinstating funding as part of its minority government agreement with Independent Member for Frome, Geoff Brock.

During the recent state election campaign, the State Liberals committed to reinstating $100,000 funding per year to the Advisory Board.

“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,” said Shadow Agriculture Minister David Ridgway.

“Regional Development Minister Geoff Brock must explain whether or not he supports reinstating funding to the ABA.

“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.

“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.

“The Weatherill Labor Government has neglected regional South Australia for 12 years.

“On the other hand, the State Liberals understand the importance of our regions, including our primary producers, and the importance of providing them with the support they need.”

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