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First priority: information.
Second priority: marketing.
Third priority: research and development.
Fourth priority: industry bodies.
Fifth priority: sustainable production systems.
Specific industry needs:
Blackthorne: increase grower interest.
Ginseng: develop a reliable prediction of the long-term outlook.
Echinacea: determine the future role of the different species; establish export markets; validate products; develop value-added products; establish credibility for the product.
Essential oils: adopt a wider focus than just natives; establish research/market links; supply agronomic/market information for growers; achieve a balance between short and long-term research; carry out a comprehensive evaluation of wild species ; improve market stability; overcome fragmentation of the industry; obtain research funding; improve access to reliable information on organic growing and sustainable cropping systems; establish suitable product standards.
Tea tree oil: obtain research funding; establish a research levy; overcome problems with starting grower groups.
Bush foods: develop a cooperative/group marketing approach; overcome fragmentation in the industry; develop industry infrastructure; increase grower control of the entire marketing chain; identify viable crops for small enterprises; exchange inf ormation via such channels as the Internet.
Paprika: establish appropriate processing facilities; ensure adequate supplies to the market; develop mechanised harvesting.
Herbs: identify markets especially in relation to size; coordinate funding; form facilitating bodies; improve grower awareness of facilitating bodies and their function; introduce quality assurance; manage grower groups effectively; establish a lobby group for influencing policy.
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