Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Senator Joe Ludwig is proud to announce that Western Australian wheat exporter Plum Grove will receive more than $17 000 as part of the final round of the Wheat Export Technical Market Support Grants Program.
Plum Grove was one of six successful grant recipients that will target marketing opportunities in new and existing overseas markets such as those in Africa and South East Asia.
Wheat production in Western Australia in 2008–09 was valued at $2.5 billion.
“This funding will assist Plum Grove establish new sales in South Africa, Malaysia, Indonesia and Vietnam and increase Australian exports to these markets,” said Minister Ludwig.
All grant recipients are innovative and emerging wheat exporters who combine innovation with the high quality of Australian wheat to break into new niche markets.
The Wheat Export Technical Market Support Grants Program is an Australian Government initiative to help new and smaller scale exporters build long-term relationships with international customers.
The grants program is one of a number of government initiatives under the $9.37 million transitional assistance package to help the Australian wheat industry transition to the competitive marketing arrangements introduced in 2008.
The government allocated $600 000 over three years for the grants program, with up to $200 000 available each year, starting in the 2008–09 financial year. Individual companies can access up to $60 000 over the life of the program.
More than $330 000 in matched funding was provided under rounds one and two of the program.