Industry backs govt’s food policy working group

The Federal Government’s announcement to establish a working group to advise the Government on a strategic policy framework for Australia’s food industry has been welcomed by the Australian Food and Grocery Council (AFGC) and National Farmers’ Federation (NFF).

Federal Agriculture Minister Tony Burke said he wanted Australia to adopt the same “strategic approach to food manufacturing” that has been taken with the car industry.

Burke announced that there will be a food working group to help design the food industry blueprint involving government and industry leaders including the AFGC and NFF.

AFGC chief executive Kate Carnell said a partnership approach involving relevant stakeholders was vital to plan and achieve a strategy to ensure Australia has a safe, nutritious and sustainable food supply into the future.

“With a growing population and demand for food globally, we need a change of direction to highlight the importance of research and development for innovation, water use and sustainability as well as focusing on the whole value chain from farm-gate to the consumer,” she said.

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