National Farmers' Federation

Goat Industry Council of Australia joins NFF

THE National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) has announced that the Goat Industry Council of Australia (GICA) has joined the national peak farm body as a small Associate Member. “The GICA has had a long-standing relationship with the NFF and we are delighted that under our new membership structure, which came into effect on 1 July 2009, GICA is now part of the NFF family,” NFF President David Crombie said. “It may be a surprise to many Australians, but goat meat is, in fact, the biggest meat market on Earth, with more goat meat consumed around the globe than any other meat product. Australian goat meat exports are worth about $100 million a year. “The mohair side of the business is worth around $1.9 million to the Australian economy each year. “While the GICA will not have a vote in NFF activities, by taking its place around the NFF policy table we are looking forward to the contribution of this vibrant and growing sector.” GICA President Steve Roots said goat producers have been very keen to be a part of the NFF as Australia’s leading contributor to national policy development, lobbying, advocacy and debate. “It’s important that all agricultural voices are heard as part of the NFF,” he said. “Under the NFF’s new membership formula we can now take part in vital national issues affecting our emerging industry. “Issues such as biosecurity, infrastructure, climate change policy and international trade are universal for Australian farmers. We’re looking forward to being involved.” For more information on the Australian goat industry visit: http://www.gica.com.au[Goat Industry Council of Australia] [ENDS]

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