​Media Release

Picking up the PASE to support Tasmanian agricultural exports​

Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, David Littleproud
Senator for Tasmania, Jonathon Duniam
Senator for Tasmania​, Steve Martin

2 May 2018

  • $125,000 funding for projects to help Horticultural Export Group Tasmania access overseas markets through Coalition’s $15 million Package Assisting Small Exporters (PASE).
  • The funding will support the Tasmanian seed potato and onion industry to gain access to markets potentially worth $10 million a year

Tasmanian onion and seed potato farmers can look forward to better access to key export markets thanks to $125,000 in Coalition Government grants announced today.

Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources David Littleproud said funding secured through the Package Assisting Small Exporters (PASE) will boost access to the European, Asian and Indonesian markets.

“Our farmers produce some of the best fruit and vegetables in the world and I want to boost our smaller exporters’ bank balance by increasing their access key markets,” Minister Littleproud said.

“We have delivered $125,000 to the Horticultural Export Group Tasmania, which includes $50,000 to support market access for Tasmanian seed potatoes into the Indonesian market through demonstrating Tasmania’s produce is free of biosecurity risks.

“$75,000 will be allocated to a study the onion industry can use in forward planning and market negotiations to boost access to the European and Asian markets.”

Senator Steve Martin said the eve of Agfest was the perfect time to make the funding announcement as it builds on the excitement stimulated by Tasmania’s biggest agricultural event and strengthens the push by Tassie producers into more markets around the world. 

“The $125,000 funding package striving to strengthen Tasmanian agricultural export markets could translate into $10 million worth of annual income for the State’s producers as estimated by Horticultural Export Group Tasmania,” Senator Martin said. 

“The push into more Asian and Northern Hemisphere markets can only be good news for Tasmanian producers, and it has been through strong consultation that this funding has been secured.”

Senator for Tasmania, Jonathon Duniam, said the funding was an important part of helping the state’s horticulture industries to boost their export potential. 

“This is great news for the broader Tasmanian horticulture industry, which supports jobs and is an important contributor to the economy and our agriculture industry as a whole,” he said.

For more information on PASE, visit www.agriculture.gov.au/export/from-australia/package-assisting-small-exporters 

Fast Facts:
  • The $15 million Package Assisting Small Exporters (PASE) was a 2013 election commitment administered by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources. 
  • Around $2 million in funding was available through Round 2 of PASE.
  • 41 projects were funded through the first round of the PASE program including initiatives to assist grape growers, dairy businesses and the NSW cherry industry.