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    Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries and Minister for Rural Economic Development
    The Honourable Bill Byrne

    New funding to support Queensland's dairy producers

    Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries and Minister for Rural Economic Development
    The Honourable Bill Byrne

    Wednesday, August 09, 2017

    New funding to support Queensland's dairy producers

    The Palaszczuk Government is to inject almost a million dollars to help promote Queensland milk.

    Agriculture Minister Bill Byrne today announced a funding package of $960,000 for marketing strategies to help consumers make better-informed decisions when they buy milk.

    The funding has been welcomed by the Queensland Dairyfarmers’ Organisation (QDO).

    “The funding will also assist farmers and small local milk processors to improve their marketing and labelling campaigns,” the Minister said.

    “It will assist the Queensland dairy industry to develop its own ‘Fair Milk Logo’ scheme.

    “While the Queensland Government is not in a position to set fair milk prices, it is important for consumers to understand where their money is going and how it will support local dairy farmers.”

    The Minister said as part of the funding package, $550,000 would be provided to QDO over three years to design and implement a pilot scheme.

    Minister for Small Business Leeanne Enoch said it was important small processors and farmers were supported in helping build their capacity to better access local markets and opportunities.

    “To assist small processors and farmers diversify their product range, and better develop their markets with improved branding and marketing, an allocation of $290,000 has been provided to the Office of Small Business,” Ms Enoch said.

    “The Office of Small Business will develop tailored mentoring support services and workshops in conjunction with key stakeholders, and expand the Palaszczuk Government’s Go Local campaign, to support Queensland businesses in the dairy industry and complement the ‘Fair Milk Logo’ scheme.”

    Minister Byrne said $120,000 had been allocated to the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries to facilitate greater farmer participation in the Queensland Dairy Accounting Scheme (QDAS).

    “QDAS provides insights to dairy farmers on profitability, solvency and efficiency,” he said.

    “With an increase in participation from farmers, the additional information will allow QDO to make more informed decisions about the issues facing the industry.”

    QDO president Brian Tessmann said: “QDO welcomes this funding announcement.

    “This initiative will assist Queensland’s dairy farmers to promote their milk and give them a fair go.

    “It is a timely intervention that will help consumers make an informed choice and that has to be a positive thing.”

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