The North Coast agriculture industry is worth about $1 billion annually to the local economy, and its intricacies will be there for all to see when the annual Primex field days and exhibition are held at Casino from Thursday, June 12, to Saturday, June 14.

Organisers say Primex is the premier agricultural field days and largest commercial exhibition in northern New South Wales, covering almost every aspect of primary industry in Australia.

Primex’s Casino site is located centrally to all major business districts on the North Coast of NSW, providing easy access to all visitors specifically from NSW and Queensland.

“The attraction of Primex is its diversity of industry coverage, making Primex unique, with a range of equipment, services and technology on display not seen at any other similar event in Australia,” organisers said.

“Primex continues to build on its already established reputation as an agricultural exhibition that attracts both short-term and long-term buyers.

“Companies see Primex as ‘the place to sell’ as more than 80 per cent of visitors attend to buy and seek information.”

The North Coast region supports a wide range of agricultural activities, from intensive agriculture to broad-acre cropping and grazing.

Cropping and grazing is generally carried out in the flatter, inland areas although there are extensive plantings of sugar cane on the coastal plains.

In the north of the region, between the Richmond and Tweed valleys, lies a plateau of rich volcanic origin which supports a range of sub-tropical fruit and vegetable crops.

Primex organisers say the direct and indirect benefits to the community which flow from a dynamic agricultural sector are well-recognised.

“The farm-gate value of agricultural production on the North Coast is in excess of $670 million,” they said.

“This rises to about $1 billion when processing is included, particularly in the meat, milk, sugar and macadamia industries.

“Approximately 1 in 12 working people on the North Coast are employed in agriculture. Again this is higher when processing is included.

“For example, more than 1000 people work in the North Coast’s meat processing sector alone.”

The Primex site is on the Bruxner Highway at Casino.