Hon Alannah MacTiernan MLC

Hon Alannah MacTiernan MLC

Minister for Regional Development; Agriculture and Food; Ports; Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development, Jobs and Trade

    Agrifood businesses ripe for growth

    21/05/2020 8:00 AM
    • 28 agrifood businesses share in $252,000 through Round 1 of the WA Agrifood and Beverage Voucher Program
    • Successful applicants receive vouchers of up to $10,000, matched dollar-for-dollar
    • Part of the McGowan Government's commitment to growing and diversifying the State's economy and workforce

    Twenty-eight businesses across the State will receive $252,000 in funding under the first round of the McGowan Government's WA Agrifood and Beverage Voucher Program.


    Small-to-medium-sized food and beverage producers and processors will receive vouchers of up to $10,000 for professional business support services to help develop and expand their operations.


    Minister for Agriculture and Food Alannah MacTiernan today announced the successful food and beverage businesses from the Kimberley, Pilbara, South-West and Great Southern regions along with several Perth businesses that added value to regional produce.


    A broad range of products are covered through the initiative, including premium beef, lamb, juices, truffles, seafood, craft beer, wine, alcoholic spirits, pasta, chocolate, honey and kombucha.


    Business recipients are required to match their vouchers dollar-for-dollar, helping them access expert advice on business planning, quality assurance, market positioning, technology, export capability development and other technical services.


    Travel assistance vouchers of up to $2,000 have also been awarded to several businesses investigating ag-tech or food-tech manufacturing technologies capable of improving productivity and profitability, redeemable following relaxation of travel restrictions.


    For more information on the WA Agrifood and Beverage Voucher Program, visit the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development website https://www.agric.wa.gov.au/AFBvoucherrecipients


    Comments attributed to Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan:


    "The WA Agrifood and Beverage Voucher Program is a prime example of the McGowan Government's commitment to growing and diversifying the State's economy and workforce.


    "The successful applicants will have access to new expertise that will help them expand, create new jobs, and capitalise on market opportunities.


    "These are growth-orientated businesses who have identified opportunities and challenges in their business plans and are ready to bear fruit.


    "This type of support will be even more important given the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, especially in the regions.


    "The McGowan Government is working with regional communities and primary industries across the food supply chain to maximise recovery from the COVID-19 crisis."


    Minister's office - 6552 6200