If elected, the Liberal Nationals will:
- Establish the Grow Victoria: Food and Fibre Exports Program with a $40 million investment that will help our local farmers and food manufacturers to get more Victorian products into the growing Asian markets. In light of Victoria’s reputation for clean, green, premium produce, this is an opportunity that the Labor Government has failed to grasp.
- Allocate $6.88 million over four years to the establishment of an enforcement task force, along with the necessary policy and process improvements, for the management of weeds and pest animals. For too long, there has been a lack of enforcement of the Victorian laws that deal with established noxious weeds and plants on private land.
- Invest $5.3 million to roll out the Growth, Adoption, Production and Profitability (GAPP) program to deliver tailored programs for members to improve adoption of technologies and practices that have the potential to drive long-term productivity and profitability. The program will signal an end to the budget cuts under the Andrews Government.
- Establish a new Livestock and Rural Crime Squad to specialise in dealing with rural crime including farm and livestock theft. As yet, Labour has failed to act on rural crime, including livestock theft.
Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Inga Peulich MLC:
“Supporting our farmers and land managers just isn’t a priority for Labor, but when the market gardens are doing well, we all benefit.”
“A Liberal Nationals Government will ensure Victoria’s farm and food businesses can continue to grow, and the local communities these sectors support will also thrive.”
“Only the Liberal Nationals have a plan to invest in the future of our farmers and food manufacturers, and in turn this is an investment in the people and communities of Melbourne’s South East.”