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Cash for innovators

By Country News

Six organisations that help Victorian horticulture businesses innovate, expand and employ more staff have become the latest recipients of a series of grants.

Victorian Agriculture Minister Jaala Pulford has announced the latest recipients of the Horticulture Innovation Fund, which will see grants of up to $50000 to help grower businesses test and adapt new technologies and processes to boost production and exports into new markets and broaden the diversity of products sold overseas.

The six new projects will receive grants totalling $270330 and include Apple and Pear Australia Ltd and Australian Wine Research Institute.

APAL will use its grant to introduce new software aimed at reducing the barriers of commercialisation and adoption of the Difference of Absorbance meter to improve fruit quality, while the funding will enable AWRI to develop water budgeting and canopy management tools to assist the wine industry adapt to climate changes and improve management for smoke-tainted wines including testing commercial remediation options.

Ms Pulford said the grants facilitated further production and would help boost exports.