Growing Food and Fibre

$61 M program designed to increase the productivity and profitability of Victoria’s key food and fibre sectors so producers can continue to capture global opportunities.

 

Growing Food and Fibre

 

Overview

Growing Food and Fibre delivers on the government’s election commitments to increase the productivity and profitability of Victoria’s key food and fibre sectors so producers can continue to capture global opportunities.

 

Background

The food and fibre sector is big business for Victoria.

Victoria accounted for 29 per cent of Australia’s food and fibre exports of $9 billion in 2011–12, from only three per cent of the country’s arable land-base.

The food and fibre sector employs more than 141,900 Victorians, and accounts for one in six jobs in regional and rural Victoria.

With strong growth opportunities in global markets our future success is dependent on remaining internationally competitive. In the face of fierce international competition, the Victorian Government is committed to boosting food and fibre sector productivity and profitability.

 

Funding

Growing Food and Fibre is a $61.4 million investment over four years, with $15.7 million ongoing in subsequent years:

  • $19.5 million over four years and $5 million per annum ongoing to underpin productivity and maintain market access for Victoria’s primary industries Targeted biosecurity actions will build industry capability in livestock disease surveillance, support community-led action on effective management of established weeds and pests, including wild dogs, and improve forest biosecurity and emergency response capabilities.
  • $14.3 million over four years and $3.7 million per annum ongoing to boost productivity and profitability in Victoria’s dairy industry Increasing productivity growth through new technologies will rapidly increase the rate of genetic improvement in dairy cattle and new feeding systems will improve feed conversion efficiency and improve water use efficiency.
  • $10.6 million over four years and $2.7 million per annum ongoing to boost productivity and profitability in Victoria’s grains industry New technologies that accelerate genetic gains in the yield and quality of cereal, oilseed, and pulse crops will boost sector productivity. Improved services for Victoria’s grain growers will be delivered through strengthened government, industry and private sector partnerships and the activities of the new National Plant Genetic Resource Centre at DEPI Horsham.
  • $8.9 million over four years and $2.3 million per annum ongoing to boost productivity and profitability in Victoria’s red meat (lamb and beef) industry New management practices to improve livestock fertility, weaner survival and pasture utilisation will build productivity and competitiveness in the red meat industry. Investment in a National (Southern) Red Meat Innovation Centre at DEPI Hamilton and more producer demonstration sites will support greater uptake of research findings.
  • $8.1 million over four years and $2.1 million per annum ongoing to boost productivity and profitability in Victoria’s horticulture industry New varieties and orchard production systems for pears, stonefruit and almonds will increase productivity and competitiveness in key markets. Improved traceability systems, including Property Identification Codes for the horticulture industries, will help to improve emergency management and secure market access.

 

Media Release

A $40 million research and development partnership between the Victorian Coalition Government and Dairy Australia is set to further enhance Victoria’s status as the powerhouse of Australia’s dairy industry.
Minister for Agriculture and Food Security Peter Walsh said the agreement with Dairy Australia would fund a range of research and development projects designed to accelerate productivity growth in the state’s dairy sector.
Mr Walsh made the announcement today during a visit to the Department of Environment and Primary Industries’ Centre for Dairy Excellence at Ellinbank in Gippsland.
“Under this historic five-year partnership, DEPI and Dairy Australia will each contribute $4 million a year over the next five years for targeted research to increase the industry’s productivity and make it more internationally competitive,” Mr Walsh said.
“This includes the creation of six new dairy research jobs at DEPI in Ellinbank, bringing more world-class scientists to the Gippsland region.
“The Victorian Coalition is targeting research into food and fibre sectors where the industry is prepared to partner in the funding or delivery of that work, to achieve the best outcome.
“This agreement will help our Victorian scientists find new ways to improve the industry’s feeding systems, lift reproductive performance in our herds and increase soil productivity.
“Our researchers will develop new and improved feeding systems to maximise this potential and enable industry to increase production without always needing to increase herd sizes.
“We also know that declining cow fertility is a significant issue in dairying, and getting cows back in calf quickly is important to maximise milk production.
“Our world-renowned dairy scientists at DEPI will focus on understanding and addressing the decline in cow fertility and increasing the amount of milk cows produce.”
Dairy Australia Chair Geoff Akers said the $20 million contributed by Dairy Australia would seek to improve the profitability and resilience of Australian dairy farmers and ensure Australia’s international competitiveness based on optimised pasture management.
“This will include a focus on maximising home-grown feed coupled with the efficient use of purchased feed inputs,” Mr Akers said.
The Victorian Government’s share of the funding will be provided as part of its Growing Food and Fibre initiative, which is providing an additional $125 million for research and development to boost on-farm productivity.

 

2018-12-04T22:19:21+00:00December 5th, 2013|