Growing Victoria's artisanal agriculture and premium food sector
Agriculture Victoria has launched the $2 million Artisanal Agriculture and Premium Food program.
The program will support the growth of Victoria's food and agriculture businesses and identify pathways to market for artisanal and premium products.
Support for the sector will increase market opportunities for high-quality, high-value produce, and strengthen Victoria's regional food offerings to deliver flow-on benefits for jobs and tourism.
Register your interest in the program and receive updates on regional meetings and program development.
The $2 million program will include:
- formation of an Industry Development Plan for the artisanal agriculture and premium food sector in Victoria
- a grants program to support business growth and investment in the sector and
- biosecurity and industry support services tailored to the needs of the sector.
Agriculture Victoria is researching this diverse sector in Victoria to identify challenges for sector growth, and help define where support is most needed.
Throughout June and July 2018, there will be a series of regional meetings with artisanal agriculture and premium food producers, and industry groups. The meetings will help identify the sector's needs and key opportunities for business growth, industry development and increased connectivity to services. The meetings will also help to explore the distinct characteristics of each region.
The meetings will be held at 9 locations across the state:
The Artisanal Agriculture and Premium Food program will complement support that will be provided to artisanal producers navigating the Victorian Government's land use planning reforms, which will be announced soon.
Frequently asked questions
What is the Artisanal Agriculture and Premium Food program?
Agriculture Victoria's Artisanal Agriculture and Premium Food program is a $2 million initiative to help grow Victoria's high-value food and agricultural offerings.
The program will help businesses overcome barriers to growth; increase opportunities to access markets for high-value, specialty food and produce; and provide tailored biosecurity and industry support for Victoria's artisanal agriculture and premium food sector.
What is artisanal agriculture and premium food?
Artisanal agriculture relates to the production of distinctive or niche produce and foods, usually with an emphasis on provenance, craftsmanship and process, boutique or non-conventional production systems and rare or fine produce and ingredients. Premium produce may be sold fresh or value-added, with a focus on traditional or specialised techniques to create specialty, high-quality, high-value food.
How will the program be funded?
The program is funded from the 2018-19 Victorian state budget, as part of an initiative to boost Victoria's food and wine industry. $2 million will be delivered over two years to the Artisanal Agriculture and Premium Food program.
Why is a program needed?
Artisanal agriculture and premium food is closely linked to Victoria's agri-tourism appeal and reputation as a producer of high-quality, distinctive agricultural offerings. The sector helps shape Victoria's food and culinary culture as well as the character and diversity of its regions.
Support for the artisanal agriculture and premium food sector will increase market opportunities for high-quality, high-value produce, and strengthen Victoria's regional food offerings to deliver flow-on benefits for jobs and tourism.
What are the regional meetings?
A series of targeted stakeholder engagement meetings are planned across Victoria for June and July 2018.
Agriculture Victoria will meet with artisanal producers and premium food businesses and key industry representatives to ensure their input to this important program. The meetings will help identify the sector's needs and key opportunities for business growth, industry development and increased connectivity to services.
When will the meetings be held?
Meetings will be held in June and July 2018. Dates for the meetings will be advised shortly.
How can I receive updates on the program?
Register your interest to receive email updates on the program, including the upcoming regional meetings.
How is the program linking with the Victorian Government's land use planning reforms?
Many of Victoria's small-scale pig and poultry farmers are artisanal producers. Agriculture Victoria will support these producers to navigate the Victorian Government's land use planning reforms as well as supporting them through the Artisanal Agriculture and Premium Food program.