The Australian durum industry is set to take another significant step this month, with the formation of the first national representative body, the Australian Durum Industry Association (ADIA).
ADIA will consist of a cross section of growers and industry participants, and will be instrumental in uniting the durum industry across Australia and driving its future development.
The Association is to be officially incorporated at the Agriculture Australia 2002 (NACMA) in Sydney on August 15, and interested parties are encouraged to participate by nominating and voting for an executive committee to lead the ADIA.
The ADIA will be launched by the National Durum Steering Committee, chaired by AWB General Manager International Sales and Marketing, Michael Long, which was formed in October last year to develop a structure for a national durum representation body.
"The durum industry in Australia has had a volatile history, but in recent years that has started to change, and last year, following the first Durum Industry Convention in Adelaide, the industry gained some consensus and identified some critical issues for moving forward," Mr Long said.
At the conference, AWB Limited committed $150,000 over three years to assist the formation of the steering committee, and the development of national representation.
The steering committee settled on an incorporated association, with a membership comprising all sectors of the value chain, including research and development, storage and handling, marketing and processing.
The association’s mission statement centers on communication and collaboration, and in its charter will be a focus on key durum industry issues, including breeding, value chain alliances, quality measurement, objective testing measurement and seed purity.
"The durum industry in Australia has taken some significant steps forward in the past twelve months, and the formation of an industry body such as the ADIA will build on that development for the benefit of all involved in the industry," Mr Long said.
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