GIPPSLAND South MP Danny O’Brien has welcomed a $2 million pledge of support for Victorian farmers’ markets and small food producers if a Liberal Nationals government is elected in November.
Leader of The Nationals and Shadow Minister for Agriculture Peter Walsh announced last week that a Liberal Nationals government will bring back the $2 million Farmers’ Market Support Program and work with small food producers to cut red tape.
Mr O’Brien said farmers’ markets were an important part of our community, providing a place for small food producers to sell direct to the community.
“Across the Gippsland South electorate, we have many fantastic farmers’ markets including Sale, Foster, Koonwarra, Leongatha and Korumburra to name a few.
“These markets help showcase our local producers doing wonderful things,” Mr O’Brien said.
“Farmers’ markets promote locally sourced and grown produce, generating jobs and investment in our local small food producers and through increased tourism.”
Mr O’Brien said a Liberal Nationals’ government would also work with small food producers to cut red tape.
“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,” Mr O’Brien said.
“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.”