The federal government''s Designated Area Migration Agreement to boost regional populations and provide much needed labour to regional SA has been welcomed by the state's regional economic body.

Earlier this week, it announced specific visas to attract overseas workers in areas of skills shortages where Australian workers are not available

Similar agreements are also in place in Vic's Great South Coast, WA's Kalgoorlie-Boulder and the Northern Territory.

Under the Regional SA DAMA up to 750 people a year will be sponsored from overseas over the five-year period across 114 occupations, including agriculture and food processing and manufacturing. Click here to read more.