Support for agriculture's next generation

A re-elected Coalition Government will boost support for Victoria’s next generation of agri-professionals, Minister for Agriculture and Food Security Peter Walsh announced today.

Mr Walsh said a re-elected Coalition Government would provide $500,000 for two initiatives focusing on promoting and supporting agricultural careers for young Victorians.

“The Victorian Coalition is committed to ensuring there are rewarding career opportunities for our young agri-professionals who are the next generation of a $14 billion powerhouse industry that underpins our State’s prosperity,” Mr Walsh said.

“I want the young people of today to have even better opportunities for fulfilling and exciting careers in agriculture than the farmers of my generation have had.”

Mr Walsh said a re-elected Coalition Government would provide $300,000 for the Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF) to administer strategic initiatives that build professional networks, facilitate mentoring opportunities, and develop training and leadership activities.

“The Future Harvest Plan announced by the VFF and its Young Agribusiness Professionals’ last week is a practical strategy that has vital industry leadership, and the Victorian Coalition is happy to commit funding that will assist its implementation,” Mr Walsh said.

A re-elected Coalition Government will also provide $200,000 to increase funding for the Food to Asia Passport, and to expand assisted travel opportunities.

“The Food to Asia Passport was piloted in 2014 with tremendous success, helping three young agribusiness professionals join Victorian Government-led trade missions to South East Asia and China,” Mr Walsh said.

“If re-elected, the Coalition will increase funding for assisted travel programs so that 24 scholarships of up to $8,000 can be offered over the next four years.

“As well as China and South East Asia, young professionals will also have a new opportunity to travel with the Victorian Government to the Middle East where there are also important existing and emerging export markets for Victorian food and fibre products. 

“Victoria’s food and fibre exports have grown to $11.4 billion, and with this increase comes new career and business opportunities for future agri-business professionals,” Mr Walsh said.