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MEDIA RELEASE - Glenelg Shire celebrates National Agricultural Day

21 November 2017

Glenelg Shire’s clean green agriculture sector is considered world best and is assisting to contribute $1.5 billion to the regional economy annually.

Mayor Anita Rank today applauded the efforts and resilience of the region’s beef, dairy, sheep, grain and aquaculture producers as part of National Agriculture Day.

Cr Rank thanked the shire’s hardworking sector who she said had built worldwide reputation for producing high quality produce.
She said the latest shipment of Angus beef to China from the Port of Portland herald a new era of international trade for the region.

“With 600,000 hectares of viable farmland, the shire ranks among the top 15 per cent of local government areas for access to natural resources for commercial forestry, fishing and agriculture,” Cr Rank said.

“Without our hardworking and dedicated farmers, our export rates would not be as successful as they are. Almost 10 per cent of the state’s exports are derived from the Port of Portland and agriculture plays a significant role in this trade.

“We are extremely lucky to have the transportation facilities that we do, as well as the largest deep sea port between Adelaide and Melbourne, to allow our food and fibre exports to continue making history.”

According to the 2016-17 Food and Fibre Export Performance Report released last month, Victoria accounted for 25 per cent of Australia’s food and fibre exports, despite taking up only three per cent of the nation’s land mass.

Victoria set a new record with food and fibre exports reaching $12.8 billion – the largest total in the state’s history.

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