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Central West NSW region

Value Adding to Agriculture in Central West NSW

Ed Fagan, Value Adding to Agriculture in Central West NSW, Report by Regional Development Australia Central WestDownload the Value Adding to Agriculture in Central West NSW Report

The report was born of a mutual recognition across key stakeholders and government bodies in the region, that a food and fibre strategy was needed to ensure a sustainable, diverse agricultural economy in NSW reflecting the changing global landscape. The report was funded by the NSW Department of Industry.

Central West NSW currently exports 65% of its agricultural production in commodity form. This shows that despite the number and variety of agribusinesses in the region, the majority of products still leave the region without value adding. We see this as a great opportunity for regional development.

The report reviews trends in agricultural value adding and opportunities in Central West NSW, with particular focus on five identified categories;

  1. biotechnology
  2. digital technology
  3. processing and packaging
  4. branding and marketing
  5. collaboration and cooperatives

The launch venue, Agritechnology, is a world class bio-science company developing new products and processes for clients in agriculture, nutraceuticals, biofuels and food and beverage production. Agritechnology are one of the many case studies in the report, highlighting the innovative business opportunities available in the diverse agricultural sector of Central West NSW.

Last Updated: 27th September 2016