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RDA Central West Report Identifies Current and Future Skills Gaps in Agriculture

23 May 2017

A 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 areas considered important for future workforce development including product marketing, export know-how, energy management and succession planning.

Additional skills considered to be of high importance for farm workers over the next 5 years are in smart technology application, animal welfare, animal husbandry, plant nutrition, biosecurity and integrated pest management.

“For our part, we are committed to addressing a number of issues flagged in the report. For example, we are partnering in an AgMarketing Project in Condobolin and are undertaking a new Export E-Commerce project with the Department of Primary Industries International Engagement team” said RDA Central West Executive Officer, Peter McMillan.

Some of the findings from the Innovation Skills and Capability Analysis Report will be further explored at this years’ Agribusiness Today Forum, which will be held in Orange on 10 – 11 of August, focusing on innovation and technology in sheep production management and markets.

The report can be found on the RDA Central West website: RDA Central West