Backing future leaders of Australia's prune industry
Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Senator Anne Ruston
Member for Farrer, Sussan Ley
8 December 2017
The Australian prune industry is set to benefit from the Australian Government's $5 million Leadership in Agricultural Industries Fund.
Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Senator Anne Ruston, said the Australian Prune Industry Association (APIA) Inc would receive $159,000 in funding to develop industry leaders into the future.
"The Australian Government recognises how important strong leadership is to the ongoing success of Australia's horticulture sector, including the growing prune industry," Minister Ruston said.
"The APIA will use funding to develop the leadership skills of a number of executive members, with a focus on director roles and responsibilities, leadership, governance, risk and strategy, finance and management relations.
"This will give prune industry leaders the chance to boost their leadership skills, which will have a flow-on effect to growers.
"Funding will also be used to develop leadership skills and open up opportunities for young producers through a scholarship to attend the Masterclass in Horticultural Business Program, and financial assistance to APIA for young producers to participate in domestic field trips."
Member for Farrer, Sussan Ley, said prune producers invested a great deal of effort and time in a unique craft.
"This funding will allow the prune industry to continue to educate the Australian public about the nutritional benefits of prunes, and bust old myths and misconceptions about prunes," Ms Ley said.
"It will help continue to develop and expand the prune industry and support young growers, particularly in the Griffith, Young and Cobram regions, where the majority of Australian dried on-farm prunes are produced.
"Leadership is critical to agriculture remaining one of the pillars of our national economy."
Australia produced more than 10,950 tonnes of fresh plums for drying which accounts for 3286 tonnes of prunes in 2015-16.
The value of production of the fresh plums grown for drying was $7.9m, while the wholesale value of the dried supply was $28.5m.
The dried consumption per capita was 206g, based on the volume supplied.
The majority of production of plums for drying occur in NSW, particularly in the Griffith region. Other producing regions include Young in NSW and Cobram in Victoria.