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Wednesday, 10 February 2016

FUNDING FOR FARMERS’ MARKETS TO START UP AND EXPAND

Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards MP today announced grants of up to $30,000 are available to establish new farmers’ markets or to expand existing market activities in recognition of the valuable role they play in regional and rural communities.

Grants are available through the Farmers’ Markets Support Program, which is designed to facilitate the development of farmers’ markets throughout regional and rural Victoria, as well as peri urban municipalities on the fringes of metropolitan Melbourne.

Set-up and expansion grants of up to $30,000 are available and business plan and feasibility studies up to $10,000 are available.

Farmers’ markets are an important source of income for small agricultural businesses in regional Victoria and they also provide a regular meeting opportunity for local producers and community members.

In addition to the role they play within a local community, Farmers markets also act as a tourism attraction for many regions and help to stimulate local economies through flow-on sales in nearby towns and tourism attractions.

Accredited farmers’ markets provide consumers with assurance that the produce they purchase has been directly grown by the seller, which means the profits are going straight to the local producer.

Funding is also available to help non-accredited markets to obtain accreditation from the Victorian Farmers Market Association. The Victorian Farmers Market Association is the industry organisation whose purpose is to support and promote authentic farmers’ markets throughout Victoria.

The Farmers’ Markets Support Program are available at www.rdv.vic.gov.au.

Interested parties are encouraged to apply as soon as possible for funds to implement activities before 30 June 2016. 

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