MP vis­its pro­duc­ers

Countryman - - LIVESTOCK - Michael Traill

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.

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