Lifting up South Australia’s Livestock Industry
The food processing sector in South Australia will be key to future job creation within the livestock industry – and according to the RAI’s latest submission to a state government inquiry, there are some regions where the sector is more important than others.
More than 7,500 people are employed in this sector in parts of regional SA, with an increase of 625 jobs since 2011. Across both regional and metropolitan areas in SA, 19,814 are employed in food production jobs and 18,621 in food processing roles.
Nationally, the number of jobs in food processing, or the value-add component of agribusiness which includes meat processing, has surpassed the number of jobs in food production – with 175,272 employed in that sector and 174,437 in production jobs.
The RAI recommended that the South Australian State Government’s highest investment priority should be to focus on new economic activities in areas where food processing really matters for jobs. This includes in the geographically close communities of Berri and Barmera, Renmark and Paringa, as well as Loxton and Waikerie.
The RAI submission highlighted those areas that are performing above state and industry trends. These areas include Wakefield, Port Lincoln, Naracoorte and Mallala. To find out more information, please click here to view our submission.
The inquiry is being conducted by the South Australian Parliament’s Natural Resources Committee and focuses on strategies to ensure a strong and robust South Australian livestock industry.
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