Category: Minister for Agriculture

Victorian Grain Growers Dominate The World Stage

Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford today addressed the Australian Grains Industry Conference (AGIC) in Melbourne, congratulating industry leaders on their continued export success, generating  in excess of $1.4 billion in 2014-15. The Victorian grains industry is today one of our big export success stories, with $141 million worth of wheat, barley and canola sent to […]

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Andrews Government Invests In Our Young Farmers

The Andrews Labor Government will provide funding  grants to help young farmers boost their skills and become better equipped to face the farming challenges and opportunities of the future. Scholarships of up to $10,000 are available to farmers and farm workers under the age of 35 to help them boost development and career progression in […]

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Protecting Australian Produce From Biosecurity Threats

Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford today highlighted the importance of protecting Victoria’s agricultural and environmental assets from biosecurity threats as she opened the National Biosecurity Research Development and Extension Forum at AgriBio, Victoria’s centre for agribioscience. The two day forum brings together plant industry representatives, regulators, policy makers and research leaders to collaborate how to […]

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Helping Drought Affected Farmers Manage Their Risk

The Andrews Labor Government is supporting farmers to future proof against the impacts of drought with grants available from 1 July to help with business planning, training and on-farm preparedness. $1.5 million is being made available for the Farm Risk Management Grants program, part of the Labor Government’s $10 million drought community support package announced […]

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New Commissioner To Oversee Rural Assistance

The Andrews Labor Government is strengthening rural assistance schemes with the appointment of a new Rural Assistance Commissioner. Created under the Rural Assistance Schemes Act 2016, the new role will help the Labor Government oversee the effective delivery of financial support to rural and regional communities. From 30 June, the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, […]

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Victorian Agribusiness Ready To Take On The World

Agribusiness and agriculture remains at the heart of the Andrews Labor Government’s work to grow jobs and boost the Victorian economy on the global stage. Speaking today at the 12th Victorian Agribusiness Summit in Healesville, Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford said the Labor Government was buoyed by confidence in the future of the agribusiness sector […]

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Dairy Deal Will Be Delivered, But Farmers Deserve Better

Victorian farmers can now access the Commonwealth’s $30 million Dairy Recovery Concessional Loans through Rural Finance, after the caretaker Coalition government finally provided the necessary documentation. While the Commonwealth loans were announced  in late May, the final draft loan agreement and guidelines were only provided to Victoria in recent days. Based on current loan products, […]

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Jazz Apples Ripe For The Market 10 Years On

Minister for Agriculture, Jaala Pulford, will today join key horticulture industry representatives at the Melbourne Glasshouse to celebrate ten years of continued success for Victoria’s Jazz Apple. Jazz Apples are grown and marketed in Australia by The Montague Group, a family owned and operated business boasting three generations in the fruit growing and marketing industry. […]

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Victoria And South Australia Tackle Fruit Fly Head On

Fruit growers have welcomed a cooperative agreement to fund the establishment of a new Sterile Insect Technology program to help eradicate fruit flies and safeguard our multi-billion dollar horticulture industry across Victoria and South Australia. The Andrews Labor Government will contribute $900,000 towards the Sterile Insect Technology (SITplus) program for the development of a new […]

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Melbourne: Most Pet Friendly City In Australia

Melbourne has once again reigned supreme over Sydney – taking out the title of most pet friendly city in Australia according to the national Pet Positives Score. The news comes as Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford today joined high profile veterinarian Dr Chris Brown  to officially launch the Keep Australia Pet Friendly campaign at Parliament […]

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