Farming for the Future: Ag Skills
This report commissioned by Regional Development Australia (RDA) Central West has identified a range of skills gaps considered of high importance for the current and future competitiveness of agricultural small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs) in Central West NSW.
With a contribution to Gross Regional Product (GRP) of $709 million, agriculture is the third largest industry in the NSW Central West economy. A total of 5,100 businesses actively trade in agriculture, representing the majority of all business in the region.
The Innovation Skills and Capability Analysis Report, undertaken with the assistance of Food and Agribusiness Solutions, identifies the current and future skill requirements of the sector’s workforce. It outlines a number of areas reported by farm businesses of importance for future skills development and competitiveness. The skills gaps identified include product marketing, export know-how, energy management and succession planning.
Additional skills considered to be of high importance over the next 5 years are in biosecurity and animal welfare, smart technology application, animal husbandry, plant nutrition, and integrated pest management.
It is important for us to understand the changing skills and knowledge needs arising from new and innovative approaches to farming, in order to maintain the future competitiveness of agriculture in the region.
This project is funded by the Murray-Darling Basin Regional Economic Diversification Programme, and also funded by Cadia Valley Operations.