Agribuisiness leaders graduate

Luke Hertsuyker

Agribusiness leaders from across Australia celebrated completing the Australian Agribusiness Leadership Program at a graduation in Sydney last night. Source: AFDJ eNews

Addressing and presenting certificates to the graduates, Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister, Luke Hartsuyker, said leaders like those graduating make agribusiness an exciting industry to be involved in.

“Agribusiness in Australia is one the country’s defining industry pillars. Our agriculture sector supports rural communities across Australia and contributes significantly to our national economy,” Minister Hartsuyker said.

“These future leaders come from agribusinesses across Australia including Goondiwindi in Queensland, Bendigo in Victoria and Orange in New South Wales. They are all playing and set to play an even greater role in the agriculture sector.

“The Australian Government recognises the value of leadership in the sector and this is why we provided $5 million to the Leadership in Agricultural Industries fund as an election commitment.

“The Australian Agribusiness Leadership Program not only strengthens leadership capabilities; but provides valuable insight into sectoral challenges and opportunities, fosters peer relationships and increases participants’ skills in communicating and collaborating.

“It is the business that enables Australia and the world to grow, trade, and feed people the world over utilising our precious and finite resources.

“Domestically, the agribusiness sector has been changing with greater consumer involvement, interest and attachment to food and its production.

“This is one of the reasons the government has introduced new Country of Origin Labelling changes to give consumers a clear view of where their food comes from.

“So too, the opening of new markets, the creation of jobs and the development of new technologies have positive flow-on effects for growth in agribusiness.

“I congratulate all the 2017 graduates for taking the opportunity to increase their leadership capacity and better themselves by participating in such a worthwhile program.”