$125,000 of agriculture export funding sowing seeds for $10m of income for Tasmania

A $125,000 funding package striving to strengthen Tasmanian agricultural export markets could translate into $10 million worth of annual income for the State’s producers, Senator Steve Martin announced on the eve of Agfest.

The Senator for Tasmania said today he had secured funding of $50,000 for Seed Potato – Indonesia Market Improvement and $75,000 for Export Onion Rebuilding strategies to be undertaken by Horticultural Export Group Tasmania.

“The $125,000 of funding to strengthen exports of seed potato into Indonesian markets, and onions into Asia and the Northern Hemisphere could potentially be worth $10 million each year, according to Horticultural Export Group Tasmania estimates, to Tasmanian producers,” Senator Martin said.

“The eve of Agfest is the perfect time to make this funding announcement as it builds on the excitement stimulated by Tasmania’s biggest agricultural event and strengthens the push by Tassie producers into more markets around the world.

“The export onion funding will be utilised to pursue rebuilding European and Asian markets through scoping mechanisms to open up new markets into Indonesia in light of China being a closed market, and exports to the Northern Hemisphere being replaced by New Zealand and Western Australian farmers at an estimated cost of $5 million for Tasmanian farmers.

“The Seed Potato – Indonesia funding will push for Tasmanian producers to be included alongside Victoria and South Australia in import protocols that have allowed for Australian produce to be exported to the Indonesian market.”

Senator Martin said the funding was secured through Projects Assisting Small Exporters (PASE) grants to be included in the Federal Budget on May 8.