Supporting Primary
Producers and Fishers

Supporting Primary
Producers and Fishers

We’re supporting our primary producers and fishers because they feed our state and support thousands of local jobs.

What we said we'd do

Implement a range of reforms to lower costs and improve opportunities and services for primary producers and fishers.

What we've done

The Marshall Liberal Government is supporting our primary producers and fishers.

We stood shoulder-to-shoulder with bushfire, drought and COVID-19 affected farmers, giving grants of up to $75,000 per producer for those affected by the 2019-20 bushfires, delivering a $21 million Drought Support Program and ensuring farmers still had access to seasonal workers despite COVID-19.

We’ve given farmers on the mainland the choice to grow genetically modified (GM) crops through lifting the moratorium that Labor imposed in 2004.

And we’ve invested significantly in protecting crops and livestock from pests. Not only did we deliver on our promise to hire two additional wild dog trappers but we are upgrading 1,600 km of the South Australian dog fence. We’re also eradicating feral pigs on Kangaroo Island, reducing the damage of wild rabbits and investing more than $70 million to protect jobs and businesses by addressing fruit fly outbreaks.

We are supporting South Australia’s commercial and recreational fishers by reforming the Marine Scale Fishery to ensure sustainable, long-term fish stocks and investing significantly in a snapper restocking program in Spencer Gulf and Gulf St Vincent. We’ve also given our recreational fishers more places to fish and better infrastructure by opening up South Australia’s reservoirs and invested in jetties and boat ramps across the state.

What it means for you

  • Farmers have been supported to meet the challenges of drought, bushfires and COVID-19
  • Our agriculture and fishing industries are growing, creating jobs especially in our regions
  • Recreational fishers have more places to fish and better jetties and boat ramps

Policy snapshot

  • We supported bushfire, drought and COVID-19 affected farmers with grants, access to seasonal workers and more.
  • We’ve given farmers the choice to grow GM crops.
  • We’re rebuilding SA’s dog fence and protecting our growers from fruit fly outbreaks.
  • We’re supporting SA’s commercial and recreational fishers by improving the sustainability of fish stocks and providing more places to fish.
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We’re supporting our primary producers and fishers because they feed our state and support thousands of local jobs.

We’re supporting our primary producers and fishers because they feed our state and support thousands of local jobs.