Saturday 25th Jan, 2020

Grant applications open to improve food supply chain traceability

Applications are open for grants worth $4 million to fund projects that enhance traceability in the food supply chain to improve trust in Australian-grown products.

Applications are open for grants worth $4 million to fund projects that enhance traceability in the food supply chain to improve trust in Australian-grown products.

The Department of Agriculture announced the move and aims to boost Australian products’ international competitiveness and reputation as a source of clean, green and safe for Asian markets.

An initial $4 million round of Traceability Grants Program funding will be available for individuals, communities, government or private sector organisations, along with agricultural export industries, to enhance the traceability in supply chains.

The program aims to provide opportunities for successful applicants to carry out projects that enhance product traceability and the competitiveness of Australian produce.

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The Department of Agriculture said in a release that effective traceability systems are critical for continued access to these export markets, responding to demand from consumers domestically and internationally for greater transparency and real time convenience around the origins and safety of food in modern digital marketplaces.

It is part of the Modernising Agricultural Trade agenda, announced by the Federal Government to support the target of a $100 billion agriculture sector by 2030. The $7 million program will run over a minimum of two rounds from the send of 2019 to June 2023.

Applications for round one will close 21 February 2020.