Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Barnaby Joyce, and Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, have today announced $5.3 million worth of projects to assist small exporters with market access under the Coalition Government’s Package Assisting Small Exporters Programme.
Senator Nigel Scullion said the funding would give small exporters in the Territory a leg up to international markets that can help them, and our regional communities, grow.
“The Australian Mangoes Industry Association received a grant of $87,560 to develop strategies to address critical issues relating to developing export markets,” Senator Scullion said.
“With the Territory producing around half of Australia’s mangoes this funding will bring NT growers and exporters to collectively work on building the mango industry’s export performance.
“Another key export industry for the Northern Territory economy is fish, and the Commonwealth Fisheries Association was successful for a grant of $551,757 for a Seafood National Residue Survey that will provide a single national residue testing Program to ensure small exporters, including those here in the NT, can maintain and grow their market access,” Senator Scullion said.
“This targeted support comes on the back of historic trade agreements the government has signed with China, Japan and Korea, the opening of seven new live export destinations, 43 technical market access breakthroughs, and follows the delivery of $30.8 million to expand our overseas network of agricultural counsellors to further improve access in key markets.
“Under the programme a total of $5.3 million (GST inclusive) has been committed so far to small exporters of fish, meat, egg, dairy, grains and horticulture. This is in addition to the $1.3 million already provided in rebates to assist small exporters with export registration charges.”
These grants deliver on a key Coalition Government election commitment to support small exporters through its $15 million four year package.
“Access to premium overseas markets is an important element of driving profits back through the farmgate for our nation’s primary producers,” Minister Joyce said.
Further information on the Package Assisting Small Exporters Programme can be found at the Department of Agriculture’s website: http://www.agriculture.gov.au/export/product-overseas/package-assisting-…
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