The Nationals Gippsland South Agriculture Community

Farmers’ Market Support to return under Nationals

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, 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 this 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.

“An elected Liberal Nationals government will restore the successful $2 million grants program after it was quietly axed by Daniel Andrews.

“Unlike Labor, the Liberal Nationals strongly support our small food producers and farmers’ markets which give our producers the opportunity to sell direct to their customers.”

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.

“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.”

Caption: The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien with local producers David and Kirsten Jones.

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