Small agribusiness exporters are set to benefit from the Package Assisting Small Exporters program that launched last week. Mobile apps for kangaroo products, online systems for citrus growers and databases to allow grain growers to negotiate top dollar are just some of the initiatives available via the $15 million program.
From kangaroo farms to egg producers to seafood exports, a variety of industries are set to reap benefits from the four-year program. In the grain sector, funding is going towards projects which include identifying the best system for grain containers, developing a food safety database, establishing a one-stop-shop trading standards database and developing a new biological farming standard.
In horticulture, funds are going towards an online system enabling small exporters to get faster and simpler export accreditation, enhancing the industry’s biosecurity management programme, innovating air freight packaging, and developing a market access strategy for Asia and the Middle East.
Fish exporters are hooking into market access strategies, Chinese tradeshows and regaining access to USA markets. Kangaroo exporters are hopping across to web app development which will make products easier to trace. Skinning and boning controls are also on the agenda to ensure the highest of quality.
We are entering an exciting era for agriculture in Australia with these innovative programmes that seek to enhance our processes. Free trade will allow our industries to continue to grow, and with people like Barnaby Joyce representing our needs in the Cabinet, we are in good hands.