Western Australia’s agrifood industry comprises 14,500 agriculture-related businesses with a gross agricultural production of $8.2 billion per year.
The industry employs more than 180,000 people, making agriculture the State’s second biggest export industry.
Mr Redman said WA farmers consistently punched above their weight when it came to production, with more than 75 million hectares of land used for farming activity.
“WA leads the nation in many primary production areas and its reputation as a go-to source for high-end export produce is growing,” he said.
“Not only is each farmer helping feed hundreds of Australian and international mouths every year, they are frontline environmentalists helping manage land and conservation.
Australia is a world-leader when it comes to sophisticated agricultural land management and the primary industries sector has reduced greenhouse emissions by 63 per cent over the last two decades.
“We live in a bountiful area with the Warren-Blackwood region producing high quality fruit, vegetables, meat, dairy, and a range of value added products such as wine, olive oil and chocolate,” Mr Redman said.
“Our agrifood sector is one of the most advanced on the planet and those involved in it have fantastic stories, information and advice to share with consumers,” he said.
“I encourage everyone to get behind agriculture, which is a pillar of our State and national economy, and better educate ourselves about the incredible value and food security it provides to all of our communities.”