Victorian Agriculture Secretary Mary-Anne Thomas has announced that $ 11.7 million will be invested in modernizing agricultureRaceability systems, the promotion of jobs in the industry, and the demand for high quality food and fiber.
The investment strengthens Victoria’s world-class agriculture Sector and will protect the long-term safety of farmers by strengthening response systems in the event of biosecurity threats.
“Our farmers are rightly known for their products. With this investment we will support that reputation and the jobs that depend on it, ”said Thomas.
Currently at Ellinbank SmartFarm In Gippsland sensors are used to provide traceable data on the welfare of each dairy cow as well as the quality of the milk produced and its origin. This is an example of one of many Traceaability systems that enable the customer to follow the path from the paddock to the plate through all stages of production, processing and sales.
Another example is mildura oranges – the Victorian government supported a Citrus industry traceability pilot project by applying unique codes to stickers on the oranges. Once scanned along the global supply chain, the codes confirm where they were grown.
The new investment builds on similar projects with digitized and interoperable systems that make it possible elevated Growth in export reach.
“This work will move our agricultural traceability systems further towards modern, digitized systems – meaning more of Victoria’s food and fiber will be available on the world stage,” said Thomas.
In the year to November 2020, around 197,000 people were employed in the country’s food and fiber production and manufacturing industries, 89,000 of them in production and 108,000 in manufacturing.
These enhanced traceability systems are a new capability in the food supply chain that: Assurances to trading partners and consumers about how and where their food is produced.
The investment will focus on research and pilot projects across Victoria and highlight the state’s 10 year agricultural strategywhich aims to promote and build confidence in the sector for national and international markets.