Helping Victorian agribusinesses access new markets

The Victorian Government is backing Victorian agricultural food producers to grow exports, build domestic market capability and respond to supply chain risks.

Minister for Agriculture Mary-Anne Thomas visited Kyvalley Dairy in North Geelong, the first of 15 recipients awarded funding under the $5.3 million second tranche of the Food to Market program.

The Kyvalley Dairy Group has been awarded a $485,000 grant to install new packing equipment which will allow the business to boost production, improve cost efficiencies and increase job security at the North Geelong site.

Kyvalley Dairy Group is one of Australia’s largest suppliers of fresh dairy products with exports going to markets across China, Malaysia and Singapore.

The $15 million Food to Market program provides funding to key industry and regional peak bodies to support projects including traceability pilots, innovation in sea freighting of fresh produce, and programs to protect and grow existing export markets for our premium produce.

The Food to Market program is just one example of the Victorian Government’s commitment to driving the state’s recovery from the pandemic and bolstering the economy, through its 10-year Agriculture Strategy.

The Strategy has reached a significant milestone, with 12 months of investments towards the sector focusing on key themes of Recover, Grow, Modernise, Protect and Promote.

The Victorian Budget 2021/22 continues to deliver on this transformative strategy with a further $46.4 million to strengthen the sector. The investment builds on the $115 million from the 2020/21 Budget which focused on key projects to get this important work off the ground.

The Agriculture Strategy identifies key projects to help the agriculture sector remain strong, innovative and sustainable now and into the future.

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Source: Vic Government