Farmers Federation Marks Milestone in Indigenous Ag Project

The National Farmers' Federation is proud to release the first progress report as part of the Indigenous Agricultural Product Framework project, marking a significant step forward in elevating opportunities for Indigenous agriculture.

NFF President David Jochinke said the report was testament to the dedication and engagement of the stakeholders whose insights had been instrumental in shaping this important work.

"This report marks a significant milestone in our commitment to support and enhance the agricultural opportunities for Indigenous communities through the project," Mr Jochinke said.

"The report reflects the collective effort to drive meaningful change in Indigenous agriculture as we work towards our goal through demonstrating authenticity, proving world-leading practices, and protecting and verifying claims about Indigenous agricultural products.

A key outcome in the report is finalising the definition of Indigenous agricultural products. This has been developed closely with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stakeholders and will underpin the framework enabling Indigenous producers to make claims of authenticity about their products.

"An Indigenous Agricultural Product refers to the use of land, air, and waters by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander owned and operated organisations to produce primary products, while also caring for Country. Indigenous agricultural products, both cultivated and wild-harvested, create opportunities for access and benefit sharing with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and reflect the cultural connection between the producers and the product."

The report also confirms support for developing a credential to assure the authenticity of Indigenous agricultural products so they can attract a premium in market.

"Indigenous peoples are Australia's original farmers, possessing a rich heritage of cultivation and stewardship of the land that spans thousands of years," Mr Jochinke added.

"This project seeks to honour that legacy while magnifiying market opportunities that will benefit Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

"We believe by working together, we can unlock the full potential of Indigenous agricultural producers and their products.

"This project is not just about advancing agricultural innovation, but is also pivotal in supporting the self-determination, continuity of culture, and economic independence of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples."

The project will now focus on identifying the benefits and barriers to the growth of Indigenous agricultural products.

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