- Food to Asia Plan will get more Victorian food and beverages on Asian tables
- Brings the Coalition’s support for growing state’s agricultural production and food processing sector almost $160 million
- Government investment has seen expansion at Burra Foods in Korumburra.
The recent launch of the Victorian Liberal National Coalition Government’s Food to Asia Plan will continue to benefit Gippsland by delivering a more profitable food sector and creating new and sustainable jobs.
Deputy Premier and The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan said the plan provides an opportunity for regional businesses and producers to take advantage of the rapid growth of Asia’s consumer class and their requirement for premium food and beverages.
“The plan has allowed Victoria to take a major step forward in capitalising on export opportunities in Asia,” Mr Ryan said.
“That is why the Coalition Government has committed $35.4 million to drive Victoria’s long term growth as the demand from Asia grows.”
Mr Ryan said local dairy company Burra Foods had already benefited from the Coalition Government’s investment towards their expansion project at the Korumburra plant which saw the number of suppliers double and 50 new jobs created.
“South Gippsland has rich soils, a temperate climate and reliable seasonal rainfall that enhance the strong agribusiness focus of the region,” he said.
The $35.4 million Food to Asia Action Plan will:
- Strengthen representation of Victoria’s food sector in Asian markets;
- Focus research and development investments on food that meets Asian consumer preferences; and
- Deliver a Food to Asia Trade Program.
“This plan builds on the work the Coalition Government has already undertaken to grow production and jobs in the agricultural and food processing sectors throughout Victoria and importantly Gippsland,” he said.
Mr Ryan said this plan linked in well with the Gippsland Food Plan that he launched at Farm World last Friday.
“The Gippsland Food Plan has been formulated specifically for our region and will allow us to further capitalise on growing international demand for high quality food,” Mr Ryan said.
“Gippsland’s food plan will enable local food industries to increase their contribution to the economy, whether it’s on-farm production, manufacturing and processing, or value adding.
“It will stimulate investment in Gippsland by promoting our competitive strengths and reputation for producing high quality products.”
Mr Ryan said Victoria’s food and fibre exports increased by five per cent last financial year.
“There can be no doubt that Victoria is Australia’s premier food state, it is our largest export sector and our investment will ensure this remains so well into the future,” he said.
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