Could Aus­tralia be­come a net dairy im­porter?

Central and North Rural Weekly - - FIRE FEATURE -

AUS­TRALIA may be­come a net im­porter of dairy prod­ucts within a few years.

Euro­pean food and drink strate­gic con­sul­tancy and re­search firm Gira, has told dairy farm­ers and pro­ces­sors de­clin­ing milk pro­duc­tion and ris­ing do­mes­tic con­sump­tion could see Aus­tralia im­port­ing more dairy than it ex­ports.

Ad­dress­ing the Aus­tralian Dairy In­dus­try Coun­cil, Gira con­sul­tant and for­mer Fon­terra di­rec­tor Earl Rat­tray said Aus­tralia’s dairy ex­ports had re­mained flat dur­ing the past decade while do­mes­tic con­sump­tion had con­sis­tently risen, with the gap between each nar­row­ing. Mr Rat­tray said Aus­tralia was fore­cast to have flat milk pro­duc­tion up to 2023.

“There is in­creas­ing do­mes­tic off­take,” he said.

“And if we look out to 2023, if some­thing doesn’t change, Aus­tralia will be­come a net im­porter of dairy prod­ucts.”

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