RGA welcomes NSW Government vesting outcome

19 Dec 2012 9:25 AM - Vesting extended to 30 June 2017

The Ricegrowers’ Association of Australia, Inc. (RGA) today welcomed the NSW Government’s announcement of an extension of the current rice marketing system to 30 June 2017, with a review of the sole and exclusive export arrangement to take place at the conclusion of this period.

RGA President Les Gordon said the outcome was a crucial win for the Australian rice industry.  It will provide certainty for growers, maximise returns, and maintain the industry’s competitiveness in export markets.

“Common sense has prevailed.  The Rice Marketing Board of NSW will retain the authority to vest in SunRice the sole and exclusive licence to export rice from the State.  This provides the more than 1600 largely family-owned farms and the regional communities which make up the industry with much needed certainty for the coming years,” said Mr Gordon.

“We commend especially Premier Barry O’Farrell, Minister for Primary Industries, Katrina Hodgkinson, Member for Murrumbidgee, Adrian Piccoli, and Member for Murray-Darling John Williams for their ongoing support of the Australian rice industry.  We are pleased to say that thanks to the support of the NSW Government, irrigated food production and processing in the Riverina will continue to prosper.

Mr Gordon continued, “The NSW Government’s vesting decision is in the best interests of our growers and the communities in which they operate. Today’s announcement will be widely celebrated in rice growing communities, which have strongly supported the retention of the single desk at every opportunity.” 

“The rice industry has demonstrated the financial benefits to growers of the single desk arrangement and is certain that these benefits will continue into the future.”

“The Australian rice industry is looking forward to a prosperous future and the NSW Government’s vesting outcome could not have come a better time. Australia’s rice growers have spoken and the NSW Government has listened – the single desk will remain in place.”

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