Submissions are open for Australian dairy, egg, fish, grain, plant, horticulture and meat exporters to apply for about $2 million in funding through Round 2 of the Government’s Package Assisting Small Exporters (PASE).
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Barnaby Joyce, said the funding was part of the Government’s election commitment to provide $15 million over four years to boost trade opportunities for small exporters.
“Australia produces some of the world’s best agricultural goods, which has helped us maintain our fair share of valuable market access and ensures strong farmgate returns for our farmers,” Mr Joyce said.
“To make sure that this remains the case into the future, we need to support our small exporters to take advantage of new and improved market opportunities.”
Through Round 1 of PASE 41 projects worth about $8.9 million were funded. This included initiatives to help table grape growers get simpler and faster export accreditation, and help for small to medium dairy businesses to be better placed to export.
Other projects funded under Round 1 included $250,000 to support Australian avocado growers to access markets in Asia and the Middle East, more than $270,000 for two projects to boost the overall potential of kangaroo meat exports and more than $340,000 to support valuable opportunities for NSW cherry exports into international markets, like Indonesia.
Mr Adam Coleman, Development Officer at the NSW Department of Primary Industries said PASE had helped improve the NSW cherry industry’s potential for market access, through the development of a “seasonal pest absence approach” to Queensland Fruit Fly (QFF).
“PASE allowed us to get this project up and running to support potential export opportunities for the industry and we wouldn’t have been able to achieve what we have without it,” Mr Coleman said.
Mr Joyce strongly encouraged SME exporters “with an innovative, valuable idea that will support Australia’s small exporters” to lodge a submission by March 27.
For more information potential applicants can visit:agriculture.gov.au/package-assisting-small-exporters.