Exports set to soar with lift from grants
24 September 2015
Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Barnaby Joyce, today announced a $5.3 million boost to export access for small agribusinesses under the Coalition Government’s Package Assisting Small Exporters programme.
The grants, which will fund 31 projects across a variety of commodities, delivers on a key Coalition election commitment to support small exporters through its $15 million four year programme.
“Access to premium overseas markets is an important element of driving profits back through the farmgate for our nation’s farmers—assisting Australia’s smaller exporters in particular demonstrates the Coalition’s commitment to looking after all of our producers,” Minister Joyce said.
“We’re backing the kangaroo industry to make the most of export opportunities, working with the dairy industry to develop a stronger food safety culture and setting up an advisory service for small exporters in Victoria.
“There’s funding for a residue testing program for the seafood sector, biosecurity management for the growing cherry industry and a whole raft of innovations for grain growers to leverage our enviable international reputation for safe, reliable, high quality produce.
“These grants also exploit new technologies, with a mobile app for kangaroo products, online systems making it easier and quicker for table grape and citrus growers to get export accreditation and one-stop-shop databases helping grain growers negotiating prices.
“Tea Tree oil growers will be one step closer to exporting to the massive European Union market and egg producers will be able to set-up a national Salmonella monitoring program that could open up markets for this export industry.
“There’s also a study into innovative packaging for green leafy vegetables that could not only improve the shelf life of vegetables but may broaden markets for a host of horticultural products.
“These grants give export industries a leg up to international markets. They will help agribusinesses, and their regional communities, grow.
“This targeted support comes on the back of historic trade agreements the government has signed with China, Japan and Korea and recent access for mangos and lychees to the United States of America.”
Under the programme, a total of $5.3 million (GST inclusive) has been committed so far to small exporters of fish, meat, egg, dairy, grains and horticulture. This is in addition to the $1.3 million already provided in rebates to assist small exporters with export registration charges.