WA Minister for Agriculture and Food Ken Baston has announced that grants of up to $25,000 are now available for beef producers in northern Western Australia through the state Government’s Nothern Beef Futures program.
The $15 million Northern Beef Futures program – part of WA’s $300 million Royalties for Regions Seizing the Opportunity in Agriculture initiative – was specifically designed to offer financial assistance to producers who want to boost their competitiveness and growth.
“It’s part of a broader strategic approach to transform the State’s northern beef industry through improving markets, businesses and productivity,” Mr Baston said.
According to the Minister’s statement, all of the applicants that will get the tick of approval will be reimbursed for up to $25,000 per business.
“They can engage a consultant to review the current performance of the business and develop a new business plan or update the current business plan. Producers can then implement the identified strategies, linked to improved management practices and technologies to help the business to meet the domestic and export market specification and demand for West Australian beef and cattle,” reads Mr Baston’s statement.
According to Regional Development Minister Terry Redman, Royalties for Regions will contribute greatly towards achieving a sustainable export market that will “strengthen regional WA’s economy.”
“Royalties for Regions is equipping agricultural communities to meet the demands of the global food market and benefit future generations,” Mr Redman said.
“I encourage eligible beef producers to take up this opportunity and create new prospects for their businesses.”
Applications close on 1 April 2016.
For more detailed information about the grant program, please go to https://www.agric.wa.gov.au/r4r/northern-beef-futures.