THIS year's Primex Primary Industry Exhibition will see a record 22 primary industry groups involved in the event, with more industry workshops and opportunities for information than ever before.
At this year's event, the 29th consecutive Primex, to be held in Casino this weekend, not only will there be in the vicinity of 400 exhibitors representing about 1000 companies, but also about 5000 representatives from industry groups.
Primex director Bruce Wright says this is the result of a strategic review of the exhibition's core values.
The Australian Macadamia Society, Australian Banana Growers' Council, Australian Trucking Association, Avocados Australia, Growcom, Horticulture Australia Ltd, Meat & Livestock Australia, NSW Farmers Association and Subtropical Dairy are just a few of the groups affiliated with this year's Primex, some of whom will be holding workshops and demonstrations over the three days.
Mr Wright said having these groups affiliated with Primex this year will mean more opportunities for feedback and communication between industry, the exhibitors and visitors to the primary industries exhibition, creating a stronger trade base.
It will also be the first time to his knowledge that as many industry associations have gathered at an agricultural field day in Australia. One thing they were looking forward to with this year's Primex, Mr Wright said, was forming an even stronger position for Primex with the support of these associations.
More than 40,000 people are expected through the gates of Primex over the three days, he said, with at least 12 mini expos within Primex, including: a tractors exhibition; heavy machinery expo; the Northern Rivers Motor Show; agricultural machinery exhibition; education expo; horticultural exhibition; and a lifestyle expo.
Special guests this year include the federal shadow minister for agriculture and food security John Cobb, and world champion axeman David Foster.
Mr Wright said that once again it was looking good for this year's Primex, which attracts about $10 million directly into the Casino region's coffers each year, with the good weather hopefully going to stick around.