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Dairy exporters to benefit from federal funding

By Rodney Woods

The Federal Government will invest $2.5 million a year for five to six years to help the country's dairy industry by raising export awareness, reducing red tape and streamlining audit arrangements.

Federal Agriculture Minister David Littleproud said the Australian dairy sector had the potential to expand exports of world-class dairy products.

“We’re cutting red-tape and making it easier for the Australian dairy industry to make more money from export markets we have secured for them,” Mr Littleproud said.

“In 2019 dairy exports were worth $3.2 billion and we are doing all we can to support the industry to see it grow even more.

“My department works closely with Dairy Australia and state government regulators to achieve efficiency gains and simply make it easier for industry to export.

“This new funding will underpin three projects — one will identify the regulatory hurdles for domestic dairy manufacturers to become exporters, another will focus on working with industry to align food safety in regulatory and commercial assurance programs, and the third will work towards reduced regulatory intervention through improved data collection.”

Mr Littleproud said it would benefit all businesses who had registered for export.

“Currently there are around 490 Australian dairy establishments registered for export; these businesses will benefit from these changes, along with domestic manufacturers who are looking to become exporters,” he said.

“We know that is hasn’t been easy for the Australian dairy industry for some time now.

“Drought, fire and flood in some regions certainly have not made it easier.

“That’s why we have implemented the Dairy Code of Conduct and that’s why we continue with funding like this to best support our dairy farmers and the industry as a whole.”