Food & Fibre Gippsland has been awarded a $200,000 grant to assist farmers with trade market access into Asia, Middle East, United State, European Union and the UK.

A Federal Government investment to help drive export opportunities, the Gippsland PASE project is aimed at small to medium exporters, with a focus on providing and sharing market intelligence, and helping producers target new supply chains and marketing channels.

PASE is short for "Package Assisting Small Exporters".

When announcing the grant in late November, 2020, Minister for Agriculture, David Littleproud and Member for Gippsland, Darren Chester said small to medium exporters of dairy, fish, eggs, grain, plant, horticulture, meat and animal products will benefit from the project, which will assist producers to overcome market access barriers.

Food & Fibre Gippsland will be examining barriers in a range of target markets, using in country market intelligence and analysis, and there will be a focus on sharing export market information and experiences.

One of the aims of the project is for Gippsland farmers to be able to increase their participation in export through applying market knowledge, selecting suitable supply chains and understanding product suitability.

Trade is one of seven themes in the Federal Government's Ag2030 plan and the PASE program is an important component in developing foundations to help industry move towards its $100 billion in farmgate by the 2030 target.

Agriculture, fisheries and forestry are driving forces of the Gippsland economy, supporting thousands of jobs directly and indirectly, contributing billions to local communities. This support for the region's small to medium exporters to establish or expland their customer base overseas will help their businesses to grow, which will support local jobs and help strengthen the regional economy.

For more information about the Gippsland PASE Project, please email Project Manager, David Grimmond.