ELDERS chief Malcolm Jackman has called for strategies to encourage a move back to agriculture to tap into the nation's food sector.
He said the Australian food sector was failing to achieve its potential, AdelaideNow reports.
Speaking at a public hearing of the Senate Select Committee on Australia's Food Processing Sector in Adelaide, he said the reasons included the supermarket duopoly, a chronic shortage of workers throughout the country and the high Australian dollar.
Mr Jackman said that everywhere he travels in Asia, he sees a burgeoning middle class and the desire to buy the food that Australia produces.
But while Indonesia imports $1.3 billion of fruit and vegetables a year, only $19 million of it comes from Australia, he said.
Mr Jackman said 800 agronomic people were being trained in Australia each year when the demand was for 5000.
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