MP visits producers
Federal Agriculture Minister David Littleproud visited Katanning Saleyards last Wednesday, discussing the live trade industry and calling on producers to better “sell their story”.
Mr Littleproud spent three days travelling the Wheatbelt and Great Southern discussing issues affecting the trade with local farmers.
“(I’m here) to listen to farmers that have been impacted by the live trade,” he said. “I went across the Wheatbelt to sit at farmers’ kitchen tables to try and understand their concerns that I share.”
Mr Littleproud said the culture of the live export trade needed to be reset, citing the recently released Moss Review.
While speaking to sheep producers in Katanning, Mr Littleproud suggested agricultural studies should be implemented into the education system as early as Year 1 through to Year 12, in a bid to combat the city-country divide.
He also urged producers to put pressure on agricultural industry groups to better sell “their cause” in the media and online.
He stressed the export industry needed change from within to help win the public relations battle in metropolitan Australia. “We’re fixing the industry, we’re resetting it to have a sustainable future, which is what everyone wants,” he said.