Primary Producers SA will receive $1 million in funding over two years from the Marshall Government – one of a raft of provisions that have been wholeheartedly welcomed by the organisation following the release of the 2021-22 State Budget today.

 The funding will help PPSA in delivering a range of cross-sectoral projects to support a collaborative approach with government to achieve the growth target of $23 billion from the primary industries sector by 2030.

 PPSA interim chair Don Plowman said he was delighted with the support shown by the government.

 “I congratulate Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development David Basham on the support he is providing to South Australian primary producers and the rural community,” he said.

 Other provisions contained in the budget include funding to upgrade regional roads, funding for the on-farm water infrastructure rebate scheme, a range of drought preparedness and support measures and an extension of the Rural Business Support Landowner Information Service, which was an initiative of PPSA.

 “There is $786m in funding allocated over the next four years for major upgrades to transport infrastructure, including the Truro bypass, duplication of the Augusta Highway between Lochiel and Nantawarra and upgrades to key Kangaroo Island roads,” Dr Plowman said.

 “Biosecurity remains a major priority for SA primary producers and it is pleasing to note the ongoing support in the budget for fighting fruit fly and the new initiative of eradicating sheep blowfly from Kangaroo Island.

 “We also welcome the $4.4m in funding from the State Government to help establish the South Australian Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hub, which will help better prepare farmers for drought and improve resilience.

 “The Drought Hub will be headquartered at University of Adelaide’s Roseworthy campus and supported by five nodes throughout regional South Australia at Minnipa, Port Augusta, Orroroo, Loxton and Struan.”