Investing in healthy export potential for Tassie veggie growers

·         The Tasmanian Fruit & Vegetable Export Facilitation Group will receive up to $320,000 over four years to support Tasmanian horticulture growers.

·         The new projects include research to help export asparagus and lettuce into China.

·         The Coalition Government has invested more than $15 million Package Assisting Small Exporters (PASE) program since 2014.

Thanks to strong advocacy and support from Nationals Senator Steve Martin veggie growers and horticulturalists across Tassie will have better access to new markets and a better share of existing markets thanks to a healthy funding boost of up to $320,000.

Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud said Tasmania’s asparagus and lettuce growers will be able to look at new way in to the Chinese market with nearly $50,000 through the through the Coalition Government’s Package Assisting Small Exporters (PASE) program.

“This program is enabling us to get market information into the hands of small exporters to help them break into new markets and get a better price for their produce,” Minister Littleproud said.

“We are funding up to $118,650 to research the benefits of smart technologies such as freeze drying to help meet export country biosecurity requirements and get a foot in the door to new markets.

“We are also encouraging research into the demand for pre-packaged products, including how fruit and veg growers can access valued-added technologies.”

Nationals Senator for Tasmania Steve Martin welcomed the support for Tasmania’s hard working horticulturalists.

“The Tassie horticultural industry is a big contributor to the economy and we want to help that industry grow to create more wealth and jobs for regional communities,” Senator Martin said.

“Research into pathways to the Chinese market for our lettuce and asparagus growers really will help our small exporters to make the most of opportunities before them.

“By giving smaller exporters the tools through market research and value adding they will be able to take advantage of the government’s free trade agreements.”

For more information on PASE, visit www.agriculture.gov.au/export/from-australia/package-assisting-small-exporters

Fast Facts:

·         The Package Assisting Small Exporters (PASE) is a more than $15 million program for small exporters.

·         Over 55 projects were funded through the Package Assisting Small Exporters (PASE) from 2015 to 2018 including initiatives to assist grape growers, dairy businesses and the NSW cherry industry.