THE Western Australian government is aiming to boost the state’s food-export capacity with $1m in grants to eight agri-food businesses.
As part of the Agribusiness Innovation Fund, the Export Competitiveness Grants aim to enable businesses to builds export capacity and competitiveness to capture new international markets.
Businesses set to receive funding through this round include a Waroona-based melon company seeking to expand exports to Japan, a Bunbury sheep meat processor boosting the quality of its export meat, and a miller that supplies international customers with rolled oats free from gluten contamination.
The successful applicants will match the grants with more than $6.7m cash and in-kind contributions.
WA agriculture and food minister Alannah MacTiernan said the grants would help businesses overcome constraints and leap to the next level of growth and competitiveness.
“These businesses have the dedication, drive and entrepreneurial spirit needed to grab on to new export opportunities, helping to stimulate new jobs in the regions,” she said.
“The Agribusiness Innovation Fund is designed to generate benefits throughout the value chain, boosting efficiency, productivity, employment and innovation in the agri-food sector and regional Western Australia.”