• Prime Minister backs the National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) on initiatives to transform Australian agriculture.
  • Australian farmers urged to adapt and use innovative ideas.
  • Agri-sector’s potential to be the sustainable base load of the export sector as innovation is harnessed.

Crowe Horwath, part of Findex, teamed with the National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) on the weekend to assist Australian farmers prosper as the sector moves into a new era of intense global competition where innovation will need to play a critical role.

Spiro Paule, Chief Executive Officer, Findex, has commented on the Digital Transformation initiatives announced on Saturday by the Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull and the NFF, suggesting Australian farmers must digitally innovate and thereby grab export growth opportunities.

One of the key components of the NFF’s initiative is an innovation hub for agricultural technologies called ‘Sprout’, which has been developed in partnership with Findex. This AgTech incubator program will be a mechanism to identify, foster and promote the best new ideas in the food and agribusiness arena.

“To extend our Prime Minister’s narrative, we at Crowe Horwath believe there has never been a more exciting time to be an Australian farmer and we are delighted to be able to play a part in unlocking future opportunities for this vital sector,” said Mr Paule.

 “The Australian agriculture sector has been, and will be, a key pillar of our economy. It can be the new sustainable base load of the export economy, given the cyclical nature of commodities markets. It’s time the sector realised the full potential of being innovative by adopting assistance and advice provided by leading industry experts.

“We are witnessing a new growth phase for agriculture that is likely to generate $1.2 trillion in revenue between now and 2030; this year alone agriculture is predicted to reap a record farm-gate return of $57.6 billion.

“The sector has a strong track record in innovation and adoption – but there is room for improvement, particularly in the commercialisation of our world class research.

“Against this backdrop, we strongly believe that the agri-sector needs to embrace a new spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship so our farmers can compete not only locally, but on a global scale.

We’re proud to be part of such a revolutionary strategy, and look forward to seeing where this journey leads us all in building a bright and prosperous future for Australian agriculture,” Mr Paule said.

About Findex

Findex is Australasia’s leading provider of integrated financial advisory and accounting services with more than $17 billion funds under management.

With a vision to ‘revolutionise wealth and empower ambition’, Findex delivers comprehensive advice across the full spectrum of financial services, facilitated through its Family Office approach.

At the cornerstone of this approach are four prominent and embedded beliefs; relationships and technology, holistic advice, continuous evolution, and a one best way process. It is an amalgamation of these beliefs that has positioned Findex as the pre-eminent, privately owned thought leader in the financial advisory and accountancy space.

The breadth of offering under the Findex banner is fully diversified and ‘best of breed’, providing solutions across the entire financial services market, through brands including Crowe Horwath Australasia, Centric Wealth, Prescott Securities, CIVIC Financial Planning, MBP Advisory, Financial Index Wealth Accountants, MOVO Online Financial Advice, Analysis-One and Pinnacle Same Day Tax Refunds.

Boasting a wide and strategically dispersed presence across Australia and New Zealand, Findex is passionate about ensuring clients are provided access to the very best expertise they need, and robust financial solutions that will ultimately see them through their entire business journey.

More about Findex: http://www.findex.com.au/

 About Crowe Horwath

Crowe Horwath Australasia is the largest provider of practical accounting, audit, tax, business and financial advice to individuals and small and medium enterprises from a comprehensive network of over 100 offices. The team includes approximately 3,000 principals, professionals and support staff located in Australia and New Zealand. Crowe Horwath Australasia was formally privatised and inducted into Findex on 6 January, 2015.

Crowe Horwath International is ranked amongst the top 10 global accounting networks, and is known for delivering quality audit, tax and advisory services in more than 100 countries worldwide.  In October 2015 International Accounting Bulletin named Crowe Horwath International as the Advisory Firm of the Year.

More about Crowe Horwath: http://www.crowehorwath.net/au/

 For all media queries please contact the Findex Media Team

Simrita Virk M: 0434 531 172 or svirk@shedmedia.com.au

 

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