Farmers’ market support to return with Nationals

Thursday 8 March 2018

Nationals Member for Ovens Valley Tim McCurdy has welcomed a $2 million pledge of support for Victorian farmers’ markets and small food producers if the Liberal Nationals are elected in November.

Mr McCurdy said the Nationals would bring back the $2 million Farmers’ Market Support Program and work with small food producers to cut red tape.

“Farmers’ markets are an important part of our community, providing a place for small food producers to sell direct to the community,” Mr McCurdy said.

“Farmers’ markets promote locally sourced and grown produce, generating jobs and investment in our local small food producers and our region.

“If elected we will restore the successful $2 million grants program after it was quietly axed by Daniel Andrews. Unlike Labor, the Nationals strongly support our small food producers and farmers’ markets, which give our producers the opportunity to sell direct to their customers.”

Shadow Minister for Agriculture Peter Walsh said small producers had a reputation for providing high quality, delicious, locally made goods but red tape was making it harder for them to do business.

“Labor seems intent on wrapping our small producers up in kilometres of red tape,” Mr Walsh said.

“The Nationals will take a common sense approach and work with our small food producers to ensure there are sensible regulations so they can get on with business.”


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