Member for Monash, Russell Broadbent is encouraging applications from local farming groups, research organisations and other eligible industry bodies for grants to support projects that enhance traceability in the agricultural produce supply chain.
“$3 million in funding is allocated to Round Two of the Traceability Grants Program was an opportunity to boost the competitiveness of our farming exporters.
“Australia’s reputation as a source of premium produce has helped our agricultural exporters secure a strong foothold in markets throughout the world and with greater export market competition and increasing demand from consumers about the origins and safety of produce, effective and modern traceability systems are critical for continued access into these export markets.
The grants program provides opportunities for successful applicants to carry out projects that enhance product traceability and the competitiveness of our produce.
“Our region of Gippsland is home to many premium agricultural producers, businesses and organisations eligible to apply for this grant. Traceability is the secret sauce behind brand Australia when it comes to the agricultural supply chain and increasing export opportunities.
“A variety of innovative projects were funded under the first round including an app to enable real time tracking of animals from farm to destination; a portable x-ray scanner for determining seafood provenance, and a study to test the authenticity of cider made with Australian juice through a chemical finger printing.
Round Two of the Traceability Grants Program opens on 25 November 2020 and closes on 21 January 2021.
For more details or to apply visit the Community Grants Hub here.