Media Release

Coalition delivers funding boost for small hort exporters

24 September 2015

Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Barnaby Joyce, today announced a boost of almost $1.9 million to market access initiatives for small exporters in the horticulture sector under the Coalition Government’s Package Assisting Small Exporters programme.

The grants continue to deliver on the Coalition Government’s 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,” Minister Joyce said.

“The grants give growers exporting skills, with a national export ready training program for the vegetable industry and access to an advisory service.

“Mango and avocado growers will be able to develop market access strategies, with avocado growers looking to the lucrative Asian and Middle East region.

“Table grape and citrus growers will get fast, simple online export accreditation, and cherry and stonefruit growers get help to reinforce our reputation as a reliable supplier of safe and quality produce.

“We’re backing innovation too – with funding for a study into new air freight packaging that could improve shelf life and a fumigant study that could open up new markets for produce.”

The small exporter grants for horticulturalists are as follows:

  • The Australian Table Grape Association receives $333,300 over three years to develop an online system to enable small exporters to get faster, simpler export accreditation
  • A $237,670 three year grant for Cherry Growers Australia to improve and enhance the industry’s Biosecurity Management Programme
  • Citrus Australia receives $108,617 over 12 months to develop an online export registration system for faster, simpler export accreditation 
  • A two year $220,000 grant for Summerfruit Australia to create a pest and disease control strategy
  • A 12 month $87,560 grant for the Australian Mangoes Industry Association to develop a marketing plan to prioritise the strategic direction for exports
  • The Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries receives $92,400 for a 12 month study into innovative air freight packaging to improve the shelf life of green leafy vegetables
  • A 12 month $117,095 grant for Cedar Flowers to assess the efficacy of a wildflower fumigant, vapormate. The chemical may have wider benefits for other horticultural products
  • AUSVEG SA receive a 12 month $41,472 grant to help South Australian growers increase their knowledge of exporting and better understand supply chain logistics
  • Avocados Australia receive a three year $250,000 grant is to develop a market access strategy for Asia and the Middle East
  • A two year $95,255 grant for Ausveg to develop a training package for the vegetable growers in Victoria, Queensland and Western Australia to increase growers’ skills in exporting​
  • Central Victorian Exporters Network receives $275,000 over two years to set up an advisory service in the state, providing structured business support to agribusinesses to become export ready.

Minister Joyce said the funding was timely.

“This targeted support comes on the back of historic trade agreements the government has signed with China, Japan and Korea, new technical market access breakthroughs for horticulture, as well as a significant boost to our network of overseas agricultural counsellors,” Minister Joyce said. 

“Under the package, 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.”

Further information on the Package Assisting Small Exporters can be found at the Department of Agriculture’s website: www.agriculture.gov.au/export/product-overseas/package-assisting-small-exporters​.​​