THE DEPARTMENT of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries has opened applications for a third round of assistance under its Traceability Grants Program.

The $4-million round is part of the federal government’s commitment to modernising and enhancing Australia’s agricultural traceability systems provides the opportunity for successful applicants to enhance their existing traceability systems, technologies and approaches to meet current and future challenges.

Acting deputy secretary for agricultural trade Matt Koval said that as emerging market access opportunities occur, more farmers, producers and processors were expanding their businesses to meet these and help grow the value of the sector.

“These grants aim to address priority areas, including adoption of agricultural traceability and improving return on investment,” Mr Koval said.

“The grant round will also support projects designed to improve two-way, producer-consumer information flows to identify distribution opportunities and drive business development.

“Enhancements to our agricultural traceability systems will allow exporters, especially those involved in high-value commodities, to maintain their competitive market edge.”

The program supports collaborative projects to drive the implementation of the National Agricultural Traceability Strategy 2023 to 2033 in its first five years.

“The strategy identifies a priority for national agricultural traceability research and development,” Mr Koval said.

“This includes translating research design into practical solutions and finding pathways for these while sharing the latest developments and leveraging collaborative relationships to achieve outcomes.”

Applications through the department close on 18 March. For more information, visit: National traceability.