Ripon MP, Louise Staley, said farmers markets will prosper once again under a Liberal Government following the announcement by the Liberals to bring back the $2 million Farmers’ Market Support Program.
Ms Staley said the popular market grants program which was axed by Labor will return under a liberal government.
“Farmers’ Markets will once again grow after an elected Liberal Government restores the funding that was cruelly ripped away by Daniel Andrews. Ms Staley said
“Ripon has a strong farmers’ market culture, with thousands of visitors drawn to markets in Talbot, Maryborough, Clunes, Creswick, St Arnaud and Ballarat. This will allow each of those markets to grow even further.”
“Farmers’ and produce markets enable local producers to sell direct to consumers, cutting out the middleman and keeping more funds in our community.”
Shadow Minister for Agriculture Peter Walsh said the Coalition would also work with small food producers to cut red tape that is currently a barrier to productivity and growth.
“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.”