Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Victoria, Danielle Green, today joined members of the Australian Garlic Industry Association and South Melbourne Market stall holders to celebrate the official opening of Victoria’s 2017 garlic season.
Ms Green met with stall holders and growers to discuss the different garlic varieties being grown in Australia and taste some of the specially prepared garlic dishes on offer at South Melbourne Market’s restaurants.
While the Australian garlic industry currently produces around 20 per cent of the garlic consumed in Australia, market prospects for locally grown garlic are continuing to improve.
Victoria plays a key role in Australia’s garlic production, with approximately 50 per cent of domestically produced garlic being grown by the Mildura-based company Australian Garlic Producers Pty Ltd.
Demand from Australian consumers for good quality, locally sourced produce is growing and Victoria’s horticulture industry is looking to increase the amount and diversity of garlic grown locally.
Victoria’s horticulture industry is worth $2.4 billion a year, underpinned by a deserved reputation for providing premium quality, safe and clean products.
Quotes attributable to Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Victoria Danielle Green
“I encourage all Victorians to buy local and support the Australian garlic industry.”
“Garlic is a favourite ingredient in many home chefs’ cooking and our demand for good quality, locally sourced produce is growing.”
“The Andrews Labor Government recognise the importance of all our food and fibre industries and is getting on with supporting the sector to realise its full potential on the global market.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020