The Federal Government’s new National Food Plan will be launched this weekend and is expected to outline government wide policies for food production, processing and accessibility.
Agriculture Minister Joe Ludwig, has announced the creation of a new Food and Beverage Supplier Advocate who will work with small to medium sized Australian businesses to help build new opportunities both within Australia and globally.
According to ABC News, Ludwig stated that the new advocate, who is yet to be revealed, will provide valuable assistance to suppliers looking to expand into new markets.
"The first National Food Plan is a roadmap that will set the direction of the future of food by governments, businesses and individuals all working together. Developing food and beverage markets, especially in Asia, is a key priority identified in The National Food Plan, but also in the Plan for Australian Jobs and the Australia in the Asian Century white paper," he said.
As part of the National Food Plan, Ludwig has also announced a $1.5m small grants program with grants ranging between $10,000 to $25,000 to support local initiatives from framers markets, and food rescue plans to community gardens and city plans.