A record winter crop was the cornerstone of this year’s remarkable results, which were also underpinned by high beef and mutton prices and record primary industries exports. Our agriculture industry overcame the immense challenges of COVID-19, locust and mice plagues, and extreme weather conditions to achieve these record outcomes.
Our farmers do the hard work, but they need the platform to do so. The NSW Government continued to support rural and regional communities with more than $4 billion for drought and water infrastructure, our $150 million Mouse Control Program, and $3 million in hotel quarantine subsidies for foreign workers.
Further support from the Primary Producer Disaster Recovery Grant also helped recovery efforts from the storms and floods of February and March. Almost $54 million in grants has so far been delivered.
The NSW Government also announced a combined $64 million in the 2021-22 NSW Budget over four years for the ‘Future Ready Regions’ program - a strategy to help farmers and regional communities grow, thrive and plan for the future. It has been built on the experiences and lessons learnt from the worst drought on record, identifying priorities and opportunities to future-proof regional NSW.
We will continue to stand beside our primary producers, who are among the world’s best. It could have been a year to forget, but instead it is one we’ll forever remember. NSW primary industries is now proudly a $20.9 billion industry, and we are well on our way to $30 billion by 2030.