LOCAL farmers’ markets and small food producers will get the $2 million Farmers’ Market Support Program back if a Liberal Nationals government is elected in November.
Shadow Minister for Agriculture Peter Walsh also made a commitment to work with small food producers to cut red tape.
“An elected Liberal Nationals government will restore the successful grants program after it was quietly axed by Daniel Andrews,” Mr Walsh said.
“The Liberal Nationals are strong supporters of our small food producers and farmers’ markets because we recognise the role they play in both regional and urban communities around Victoria.
“Farmers’ markets give our producers the opportunity to sell direct to their customers and encourage people to buy locally grown and produced food which in turn supports Victorian jobs and businesses.’’
Mr Walsh said a Liberal Nationals’ government would also work with small food producers to cut red tape which was currently a barrier to productivity and growth.
“Our small producers have a reputation for providing high quality, delicious, locally made goods but red tape is making it harder for them to do business,” he said.
“Labor seems intent on wrapping our small producers up in kilometres of red tape.
“The Liberal Nationals will take a common sense approach and work with our small food producers to ensure there are sensible regulations so they can get on with business.”