Support for food and agriculture

By Country News

The Coalition is pledging to grow Victoria’s agriculture and food industries if elected at November’s state election.

Shadow Agriculture Minister Peter Walsh outlined the Liberal Nationals’ ‘Grow Victoria’ commitment when the shadow cabinet met with industry stakeholders at the Royal Melbourne Show.

‘‘Food and fibre production is the backbone of our regional communities,’’ Mr Walsh said.

‘‘A Liberal Nationals government will invest to make sure these vital sectors continue to grow and support jobs and business opportunities throughout our state.’’

The Coalition’s ‘Grow Victoria’ commitment will recognise Victoria’s food fibre industries as key drivers of the state’s economy.

The two parties have committed $40million to the Grow Victoria: Food and Fibre Exports program, which will include:

■Market access.

■Food security.

■Research, development and adoption.

■Skills and technology.

■Regulatory reform and red tape reduction.

■Infrastructure investment.

■Small and local food producers.

■An annual report on the state of Victorian agriculture.