Australia’s Grains Industry in 2030

GRDC - Author: Professor Ross Kingwell (Australian Export Grain Innovation Centre)

Type: Research Paper
Knowledge level: Advanced

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The authors of this paper note in the conclusion: “Modest growth in Australian grain production is expected towards 2030. By contrast, Australia’s population is projected to increase by around 16 per cent by 2030. This means about 4.1 million additional people, mostly residing in eastern Australia. Despite this projected increase in population and the associated demand for feed and human consumption grains, little increase in the area sown to crops in Australia is envisaged.”. Please access the full paper via the link below if this research interests you.

The take home messages from this GRDC funded research are below. Please access the full paper via the link below for methodology, references, acknowledgements and discussion.

  • The grains industry in eastern Australia will experience further structural change towards 2030 as east coast demand for feed grain grows
  • Farmers in eastern Australia are likely to increase their commercial dependence on grain storage, feed grain production and domestic marketing
  • Improved harvest technology and transport logistics will enhance farmers’ capitalising on market opportunities
  • Australia’s population and income growth, although slower than might have been anticipated in a pre-COVID world, will help underpin feed grain demand in Australia, as will the gradual re-build of cattle and sheep populations
  • Towards 2030 the grains industry faces a carbon challenge.

Figure 1. Sheep population in Australia, NSW and Vic since 1990

 

2020 - Australia - GRDC - Author: Professor Ross Kingwell (Australian Export Grain Innovation Centre)
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