South Australian Primary Producers and people in the food processing industry have until the end of June to make submissions on an issues paper released by a State Parliamentary inquiry into organisational and market structures that prevent them receiving a fair deal.
Member for Light, Mr Tony Piccolo who recommended the inquiry explained the two-stage process.
“The Committee has now published an issues paper that outlines the matters that it is investigating, and are now inviting new or further submissions, including oral evidence in person,” he said.
The issues paper can be viewed online or from the Committee secretariat.
Mr Piccolo said the Committee is planning a series of regional meetings where producers will be encouraged to provide evidence in person.
“I am looking forward to hearing from primary producers about how we can make the industries more competitive and address the imbalance between producers and big players, particularly in the retail sector,” Mr Piccolo said.
“The enquiry will be looking at all the various barriers that exist along the supply chain from farm gate to plate.
“I will be particularly interested in hearing how we can give producers a greater say in the supply chain, increase competition and grow the sector.
“I am keen to explore how producer, market gardener, worker and consumer co-operatives could be utilised to create a more financially sustainable food sector,” he said.