The McGowan Government will establish a $1.5 million Horticultural Research Recovery Fund to support growers in finding new international and domestic markets.
Western Australian potatoes and other produce have been restricted from entering interstate markets since the discovery of tomato potato psyllid in Western Australia in February 2017.
While the State Government will continue to negotiate for better interstate market access for Western Australian growers, the Horticultural Research Recovery Fund will enable industry and government to open up new opportunities in food processing and international markets.
The $1.5 million allocation has been funded through the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development.
Comments attributed to Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan:
"This has been an incredibly difficult period for our growers, particularly potato growers who have been unable to sell into the Eastern States.
"We will keep working with other States to develop the scientific protocols to underpin improved market access, but we need to start looking at new opportunities for growers.
"There are real opportunities to turn our produce into high-quality food products as well as to focus on international markets, and this fund will help to kickstart work in these areas.
"We will be working closely with industry over the next three months to develop these new opportunities and get WA produce moving again."
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