EXPORT OPPORTUNITIES: Ironbark Citrus at Mundubbera. Photo: Contributed
EXPORT OPPORTUNITIES: Ironbark Citrus at Mundubbera. Photo: Contributed

$1.5 million to help Flynn farmers boost exports

FARMERS and producers in Flynn will share in $1.5 million to help them better access export markets under the Federal Government’s Agricultural Trade and Market Access Co-operation (ATMAC) program.

Grants of between $20,000 and $400,000 will be offered to companies, associations and local governments to help modernise agricultural trade and grow agricultural exports.

The objective of the program is to open, improve and/or maintain access to overseas markets for Australian agricultural products by building stronger relationships with trading partners, neighbouring countries and international organisations.

The grants will favour applications that have the following outcomes:

  • Undertaking research and development in collaboration with trading partners to help identify, use, open or improve mutually beneficial agricultural trade opportunities;
  • Working with overseas governments and international organisations to develop common regulatory and technical requirements and standards;
  • Building evidence to inform Australia’s position on international agricultural trade policy and advocacy of standards;
  • Sharing technical expertise and research to increase trading partners’ knowledge of Australia’s biosecurity, food safety and compliance regimes and practices, and to increase their preparedness to respond to exotic pest and disease incursions;
  • Promoting good biosecurity risk-management practices, improving scientific capabilities and strengthening surveillance efforts in trading partner and neighbouring countries;
  • Building agricultural trading relationships through co-operation activities that increase mutual understanding of technical and policy issues that affect market access such as non-tariff measures;
  • Helping Australia meet its international obligations, such as commitments made under the World Trade Organisation Sanitary and Phytosanitary Agreement.

“If we are to continue to see our region realise the contribution it can make to industry’s goal of a $100 billion agricultural sector by 2030, we need to grab hold of new export opportunities and improve ones that already exist,” Flynn MP Ken O’Dowd said.

Applications close on Friday, January 31.

Click here to apply.


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