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The collective voice of rice growers in Australia

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The Ricegrowers' Association of Australia Inc. (RGA) represents more than 1500 voluntary members, and supports growers on issues affecting the viability of their business and communities.

Rice production is one of the most important agricultural activities on the planet, with more than half the people in the world consuming rice at least once a day. 

In Australia alone, there is enough rice produced annually to feed more than 20 million people, 365 days a year.

The Association has been uniting Australian rice growers since 1930, turning a small group of pioneering rice growers into an effective and cohesive force. 

The Association's role and responsibilities include:

  • developing and implementing policy for the rice industry which is in the growers’ best interests
  • representing the interests of rice growers to federal, state and local governments, farm lobby groups, SunRice and the community in genera
  • servicing the specific needs of individual members

RGA's Core Strategic Plans for the Australian rice industry are as follows:

  • Provide grower support and services
  • Provide representation on a range of water issues dealing with access, sharing and responsibilities 
  • Provide representation on single desk rice marketing arrangements
  • Target research and development programs
  • Provide sustainable environments through RGA’s Environmental Flagship Programs
  • Assist members to achieve better business management programs and outcomes
  • Contribute to social goals to ensure healthy and vibrant communities
  • Promote the rice industry across Australia

The Australian rice industry currently consists of three main players, all of which plays a significant role in managing, maintaining and promoting the industry:

  • Rice Marketing Board for the State of NSW
  • Ricegrowers’ Limited (SunRice)
  • Ricegrowers’ Association of Australia (RGA)

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