Category: Minister for Agriculture

Pet Exchange Register To Improve Pet Traceability

Victorians will soon be able to find out where their pet comes from with the introduction of the Andrews Labor Government’s new online database, the Pet Exchange Register. Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes today launched the campaign for the Pet Exchange Register, which will apply to all dogs and cats advertised for sale or rehoming […]

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Pasture Recovery And Farm Support Funds Now Open

Victorian farmers impacted by drought and dry seasonal conditions will have access to more support, with two support funds from the Andrews Labor Government now open. Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes today announced the Labor Government’s $2 million Pasture Recovery and Management Grant Program to back drought-affected farm businesses in East Gippsland and Wellington shires. The Pasture Recovery Grants provide support of up to $5000 on a dollar-for-dollar matching contribution basis, for activities associated […]

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Backing Local Communities In Fight Against Fruit Fly

The Andrews Labor Government is supporting growers, community groups and the horticulture industry in the fight against fruit fly. Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes today opened the third round of the Managing Fruit Fly Regional Grants Program. The Labor Government is backing community-led projects to give them the resources they need to protect and manage […]

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Kangaroo Management Plan To Be Developed For Victoria

The Andrews Labor Government will provide long term certainty for farmers and the kangaroo pet food industry, establishing a new regulatory framework and developing a long-term Kangaroo Management Plan. The new framework will support the operation of an ongoing kangaroo pet food program in Victoria and include safeguards to ensure that harvesting is sustainable and […]

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Queen Bee Takes Centre Stage At Rural Women’s Award

Local Kyneton resident Claire Moore has taken out the prestigious 2019 Victorian AgriFuturesTM Rural Women’s Award, with a plan to boost the number and genetic diversity of queen bees. Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes today announced Ms Moore as the Victorian winner at a ceremony held at the Hotel Windsor in Melbourne. Ms Moore, who […]

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More Support For Drought Affected Farmers

The Andrews Labor Government is providing Victorian farmers impacted by drought and ongoing dry conditions the financial support they need, with $5.6 million in support payments now available. Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes announced that applications for the Farm Business Assistance Program were officially open, which provides one-off support payments to eligible farm businesses in […]

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Carboor Hazelnut Farm Gets Cracking With Funding Boost

Australia’s largest hazelnut grower will soon be expanding production for domestic and export markets, with support from the Andrews Labor Government. Wangaratta-based Carboor Farms has received $200,000 through the Labor Government’s Food Source Victoria program for new equipment and facilities to dry, grade and crack hazelnuts for further value-add processing. The investment will create five […]

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Tomatoes Ripe For The Picking In Central Goldfields

More tomatoes will be making their way to supermarket shelves and wholesalers across Victoria thanks to a $7 million expansion of Mortlock Hydroponics’ Carisbrook Glasshouse. Minister for Agriculture and Regional Development Jaclyn Symes today visited Mortlock Hydroponics to announce a grant towards the expansion from the Andrews Labor Government’s Regional Jobs Fund. The project will […]

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Victorians Shine At Farmer Of The Year Awards

Victorian farmers have taken two top gongs at the Weekly Times Coles 2018 Farmer of the Year Awards, winning the categories of Dairy and Innovation Farmer of the Year. Clint Theodore and Brooke Lane from Alvie in the state’s southwest took the dairy honour, crediting their scientific and economic approach that has seen them not […]

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More Support For Drought Affected Farmers

The Andrews Labor Government is delivering a cash injection to farmers who have been hit hardest by drought and dry conditions. Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes was in Giffard today to announce an additional $13 million to help ease the financial burden of the unprecedented conditions. The relief package is in addition to the $29.69 […]

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