The RGA is the collective voice of rice growers in Australia
The Ricegrowers' Association of Australia Inc. (RGA) represents more than 1500 voluntary members, and supports growers on issues affecting the viability of their business and communities.
Rice production is one of the most important agricultural activities on the planet – more than half the people in the world eat rice at least once a day. In Australia we can produce enough rice annually to feed more than 20 million people, 365 days a year.
Uniting Australian rice growers: 1930 – 1950
The Ricegrowers’ Association of Australia (RGA) was formed in 1930 during the early years of the rice industry, turning a small group of pioneering rice growers into an effective and cohesive force.
After the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area Ricegrowers’ Cooperative Society suffered severe financial losses at the hands of Sydney and Melbourne based rice milling companies, disillusioned growers met in Leeton and disbanded the Cooperative. In its place they formed the RGA, an association designed to protect their interests and investigate ways to secure the future prosperity of the rice industry.
Initially, the RGA focused on building infrastructure to enable growers to mill and market their own rice. It was instrumental in the development of the Ricegrowers’ Cooperative in 1950 (now better known as SunRice) and the Leeton rice mill which opened the following year.
The RGA today
Today, the Ricegrowers' Association of Australia Inc. provides a strong, united voice for the rice industry, which now includes growers in the Murrumbidgee and New South Wales Murray Valleys. We represent the interests of rice growers, and provide services to members, to ensure they can provide a legacy for their children, create employment in their districts and grow quality rice.
With rice still the mainstay of many Riverina towns today, it is important that RGA members have strong and effective representation. RGA fulfils this role by representing and leading growers on issues affecting the viability and sustainability of their businesses, the industry and their regional communities.
Today, the RGA’s role involves:
- Developing and implementing policy for the rice industry which is in the growers’ best interests.
- Representing the interests of rice growers to federal, state and local governments, as well as farm lobby groups, SunRice and the community in general.
- Servicing the specific needs of individual members.
You can read more about the valuable work and achievements of the RGA here.
The RGA represents farmers in the main rice growing areas of New South Wales and Victoria, with headquarters in Leeton NSW. We are comprised of a President, Executive Director and secretariat, a Central Executive made up of delegates elected fr...