Member for Western Victoria Simon Ramsay has welcomed a $2 million pledge of support for Victorian farmers’ markets and small food producers if a Liberal Nationals government is elected in November.
Shadow Minister for Agriculture Peter Walsh recently announced that a Liberal Nationals government will bring back the $2 million Farmers’ Market Support Program and work with small food producers to cut red tape.
Simon Ramsay said farmers’ markets were an important part of our community, providing a place for small food producers to sell direct to the community.
“Farmers’ markets promote locally sourced and grown produce, generating jobs and investment in our local small food producers and the Western Victoria community, through increased tourism,” Simon Ramsay said.
“An elected Liberal Nationals government will restore the successful $2 million grants program after it was quietly axed by Daniel Andrews.
“Unlike Labor, the Liberal Nationals strongly support our small food producers and farmers’ markets, which give our producers the opportunity to sell direct to their customers.”
Mr Walsh said a Liberal Nationals’ government would restore the $2 million grants program and work with small food producers to cut red tape.
“Our small producers have a reputation for providing high quality, delicious, locally made goods but red tape is making it harder for them to do business,” Mr Walsh said.
“Labor seems intent on wrapping our small producers up in kilometres of red tape.
“The Liberal Nationals will take a common sense approach and work with our small food producers to ensure there are sensible regulations so they can get on with business.”
Simon Ramsay and Brian McKiterick the Liberal Candidate for Bellarine will be at the Bellarine Community Farmers Market in Ocean Grove tomorrow from 9am and look forward to speaking with the local producers about this announcement.