The $8.6 billion question

A REPORT by ANZ released last month says the Australian dairy industry could increase production by nearly 6 billion litres a year to meet demand from Asia and attract around $8.6 billion in investment.

THE dairy industry's importance to the Gippsland economy, currently worth about $3 billion, and the growth opportunities on the horizon were highlighted at a forum in Warragul on October 30 involving key decision-makers from the region.

By Amy Bellhouse, Dairy AustraliaFOR many regions in Australia, the focus this week by hay growers has been to finish baling before the rain arrives. Growers are currently trying to determine the proportion of hay retained on farm and what amount will be offered for sale. Prices have generally been…

AUSTRALIA'S agriculture leaders are increasing the pressure on Canberra to officially approve the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) before the end of 2015, amid an escalating political stoush about the potential impacts of the deal on Australian workers, spearheaded by the union movement. By Madeleine Brennan.

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