5 April, 2016
Today's announcement of $130,000 to establish the Tasmanian Horticulture Market Growth Project will help boost trade opportunities for Tasmania's fruit and vegetable industries.
Senator Richard Colbeck, Minister Assisting the Minister for Trade and Investment, welcomed the announcement and said it delivers on an election commitment to help grow the horticulture industry and improve returns to farmers.
"I was pleased to oversee the Tasmanian Fruit and Vegetable Taskforce in my role as Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture," Senator Colbeck said.
"I now look forward to working with Minister Ruston and the new market growth facilitator through the Trade and Investment portfolio to help identify opportunities for the Tasmanian horticulture industry to be innovative, profitable and sustainable in export markets.
"This project delivers on a commitment to help grow the horticulture industry and boost returns to farmers, and complements our free trade agreements with China, Japan and South Korea which eliminate tariffs on most of our horticulture exports.
"The Coalition Government is also assisting the horticulture sector with $60 million for Tasmanian Irrigation Tranche II, strong market access outcomes in the Trans Pacific Partnership and $203 million to expand the Tasmanian Freight Equalisation Scheme to help Tasmanian businesses be competitive in export markets."
The Tasmanian Horticulture Market Growth Project is being funded through collaboration between the Federal Government ($50,000), State Government ($50,000) and industry ($30,000).