Boosting the south-west food and fibre industry

The south-west’s vital food and fibre sector will receive unprecedented support from and elected Liberal National Government to get our produce into world markets, Member for South West Coast Roma Britnell says.

If elected in November’s state election, A Matthew Guy led government will establish Grow Victoria: Food and Fibre Exports Program with a $40 million investment to help our local farmers and food manufacturers get more products into the rapidly expanding Asian markets.

Mrs Britnell said the south-west would be a major beneficiary of the program given the region’s strength as an agricultural production area.

“We output more high quality produce than anywhere else in the state, so this program will open those doors to world markets even further,” Mrs Britnell said.

“The program will complement the farmer led Great South Coast Food and Fibre Plan which I helped develop before entering state parliament, and really help drive agricultural exports into growing Asian markets which love our high quality products.

“We are backing our rural and regional producers through this program because we know that when agriculture is booming, the whole state booms.”

Mrs Britnell said under the previous government, $35 million was available to drive food and fibre exports, but the Labor Government cut that funding to just $16 million.

“We will ensure Victoria’s food and fibre export strategy addresses key drivers including market access, research and development, reducing red tape and infrastructure investment,” Mrs Britnell said.

“Unlike the Labor Government, we understand the importance of regional Victoria because we have people in our party room who are farmers and know firsthand the challenges. We will do everything we can to ensure farmers are supported and can thrive.”

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