Picture: Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford launched the Artisanal Ag & Premium Food program at Cloud 9 with Member for Macedon MaryAnne Thomas and local producers.
Victorian artisanal producers have fared well with a new artisanal agriculture and premium food program.
Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford announced the $2 million program at Cloud 9 Artisan Cheese in Pipers Creek on 4 May – which will help grow Victoria’s high-value and emerging artisanal agriculture and premium food industry.
Support for the sector will increase market opportunities for high-quality, high-value produce, and strengthen Victoria’s regional food offerings, delivering flow-on benefits for jobs and tourism.
The program will include an Industry Development Plan for the artisanal agriculture and premium food sector in Victoria, a grants program to support business growth, and biosecurity and industry support services tailored to the needs of the sector.
Agriculture Victoria is researching this diverse sector to identify opportunities for sector growth, and help define where funding support will best advantage producers.
Throughout June and July 2018, there will be a series of forums with premium food producers and industry groups to survey the sector’s needs and identify key opportunities for business growth, industry development and increased connectivity to services.
The forums will be held at nine locations – Mildura, Timboon, Woodend, Avenel, Beechworth, Meeniyan, Mornington, Bendigo, and Daylesford.
For more information or to register your interest in the program click here.