NEWSLETTER — MAY 2019
Representing all certified organic operators
In this issue
At its last meeting in Sydney on 14 May 2019, the Australian Organic Industry Working Group spent most of the day working on the industry export strategy. Read more about the workshop (link). The Department of Agriculture is providing $100k in funding to support this project.
The final draft of the strategy is now available for industry comments at https://organicindustries.com.au/Exports.
A detailed strategy and report from the consultant assisting on this project is also available for download and comments.
Please complete our export survey
We have prepared a survey to support development of the export strategy. If you are an organic operator, we would appreciate you taking a few minutes to complete it, or pass it on to the appropriate person in your organisation.
The survey is available at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RPHX3QW.
Foundation memberships now available
Become a member of the interim peak body which represents Australia's organic industries in government forums and industry initiatives.
Organic Industries of Australia Ltd is a new and independent organisation which acts in the interests of all certified organic operators.
There are two categories of membership—Full Membership for certified organic operators and Associate Membership for others. Membership is only $10.
Foundation Memberships are also available for a limited time for $250.
Export market visit program
Last year, we developed a market visit program with Export Connect which assisted six organic food and beverage producers develop a market entry strategy for Singapore & Hong Kong markets. Read about last year's program here.
OIA would be interested in facilitating more market visit programs later in the year. Please contact email@example.com to register your interest and express a preference for specific markets.
Your interim peak body
Organic Industries of Australia was established last year as the interim peak body to represent the organic industry. Over the next year or so, the industry will need to determine more permanent industry representation arrangements.
In the meantime, we have been busy initiating the types of projects that an industry peak body should be doing—lobbying government, improving market access, putting industry structures in place, strategic planning ...
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