Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Tony Burke has announced government funding for wine, dairy, sheep and wool producers totalling more than $775,000. The money has been pledged to help promote the industries is domestic and global markets. The funding comes under the Promoting Australian Produce (Major Events) program and will go to industry events including:
- The South Australian Wine Industry Association's Australian Wine Industry Environment Conference and Technical Tour, which focuses on climate change adaptation and changing global markets;
- The World Sheep and Wool Council Ltd's World Sheep and Wool Congress 2010 to showcase the Australian wool and sheep industry to the world, promote new technologies and boost productivity;
- Dairy Australia's Dairy Live national video conferencing event to link eight major dairy regions to help participants understand what drives domestic and international dairy markets; and
- Dairy Australia's Australian Dairy Discovery functions held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, which involves showcasing Australian dairy products to the Middle East and promoting food safety systems.
"A key way to support jobs in rural and regional Australia during the global recession is to promote our primary industries and help to expand trade market access," Burke said. "These events will showcase our wine, dairy, sheep and wool industries to the rest of the world and help to share new technologies, build relationships and establish new markets." For more information, see www.daff.gov.au/ausproduceevents