Member for Barker Tony Pasin said the Federal Government Future Drought Fund – Networks to Build Drought Resilience program will further support community led projects to build local drought resilience.
“The program focuses on local initiatives to enable agricultural communities to be better prepared for the impacts of drought.”
“The stronger individual communities are, the more robust our industry becomes as a result,” Mr Pasin said.
Mr Pasin said the Limestone Coast Food & Agribusiness Cluster Ltd has received a grant of $24,450.
“The Limestone Coast Food & Agribusiness Cluster is an alliance of food and beverage producers, processors and manufacturers and agribusiness across the Limestone Coast, focused on increasing the value of food production, promoting the region and its food producers, and collaborating to overcome challenges for our businesses and the region.”
“The Limestone Coast is South Australia’s most diverse food and beverage producing region, the only region in South Australia that grows and processes meat (beef and lamb), dairy, horticulture and grapes within the region.”
“This grant will enable the Limestone Coast Food & Agribusiness Cluster to deliver projects improving regional branding and recognition of local agri-food systems on the Limestone Coast through the delivery of regional networking and capacity building events.”
Limestone Coast Food & Agribusiness Cluster Chair Dannielle Lannin England said “The food entrepreneurial climate on the Limestone Coast is in a really exciting phase with a range of new and emerging food and agri-businesses, we are looking forward to supporting them along with those who have decades of experience, in adopting innovative approaches including drought and climate proofing strategies.”
Limestone Coast Food & Agribusiness Cluster, CEO, Toni Duka, said “The Cluster is so grateful and excited to the Federal Government and Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR) for the opportunity to run a series of people focussed events that will encourage and foster innovation to future proof our food, beverage and agri-businesses in the region.”
“These industry sectors are so critical to the Limestone Coast and our regional economy, the Cluster is looking forward to bringing industry people together to network, collaborate and learn from other leading producers, makers and growers.” Ms Duka said.
“There is such an enormous wealth of knowledge and experience in this region, and we want to provide a platform for that to be shared amongst small food, beverage and agri-business producers.” Ms Duka said.
The Federal Government Future Drought Fund – Networks to Build Drought Resilience program is being delivered in partnership with the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR).