$400,000 in funding for Victorian organics sector

Posted by James Ferre on 22nd October 2009

A new funding program will bolster support for Victoria’s organic food industry, according to the state government.

Announcing the grants package during National Organics Week, Regional and Rural Development Minister Jacinta Allan said Victoria was the biggest producer of organic milk and is the nation’s leading organic food processor.

“The Brumby Labor Government’s $400,000 Support for Organics Grant Program will continue to foster Victoria’s nation-leading approach to production, consumption and export of Victoria’s organic products,” she said. “It will also help secure jobs and enhance lifestyles for organic farmers and producers, particularly in regional and rural Victoria.”

Ms Allan said the success of Victorian farmers relied on their ability to stay ahead of their competitors.

“Farm businesses must develop new products, identify and secure new markets, and maintain access to existing markets to remain competitive,” she noted.