Australian farmers now believe more of the manufacturing process can return to Australia
National Farmers’ Federation lobbying government to invest in domestic revival
After arguing about being heavily reliant on countries like China, the nation’s farm lobby has called the government to revive domestic manufacturing and processing.
Not long ago, our country used to have a thriving wool processing industry, but the majority of wool is now taken overseas to be cleaned and processed.
“We need to have the food and fibre value-adding and processing here in this country,” National Farmers’ Federation chief executive Tony Mahar told Landline.
“Technology’s moved on in the last couple of decades.
“Things have changed in the last couple of decades,” he said.
“It’s timely to have a look at it, so if it’s viable and we can get governments to commit to it, I think it will have a real beneficial impact in rural and regional Australia.”
Years ago due to high energy and labour costs, most wool processing plants closed down.