Tasmanian Horticulture Market Growth Project

New funding to grow Tasmania’s horticulture sector

The future of Tasmania’s fruit and vegetable industry is ripe for new growth, with the Turnbull Coalition, Tasmanian Governments and Tasmanian industry collaborating on a $130,000 Tasmanian Horticulture Market Growth Project.

 Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Senator Anne Ruston, and Tasmanian Minister for Primary Industries and Water, Jeremy Rockliff, said the project would boost the productivity, profitability and market performance of Tasmania’s horticulture sector.

 Minister Ruston today confirmed the commitment after handing down the Turnbull Coalition Government response to the Tasmanian fruit and vegetable taskforce report.

 “The project will focus on identifying and exploiting market opportunities for the sector in Tasmania to deliver real outcomes for farmers,” Minister Ruston said.

 “We are committed to boosting returns for farmers and driving increased profits back through the farmgate, and this is another reflection of that commitment.

 “The Turnbull Coalition and Tasmanian Governments are each providing a one-off investment of $50,000 to support the project, along with $30,000 from industry investment.

 “This project gives effect to key recommendations in the report of the Tasmanian Fruit and Vegetable Industry Taskforce— which will see a Tasmanian-based market growth facilitator to provide leadership in identifying and exploiting additional market opportunities for the Tasmanian fruit and vegetable industries.

 “The taskforce was set up to look at ways we can boost the performance of Tasmania’s horticulture sector, and is part of our commitment to more jobs and growth in the state."

This news item was issued by the Asutralian Government Department of Agriculture.