Minister David Littleproud
Minister for Agriculture & Water Resources
The Coalition Government is providing a grant of $100,200 to help the melon industry get back on its feet after the February 2018 listeria outbreak.
Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud said the outbreak on a single melon farm was a tragedy which resulted in six deaths in Australia.
“What happened earlier this year was absolutely tragic,” Minister Littleproud said.
“The human cost was huge for those who ate those melons and for the families and friends of those who died.
“The outbreak gutted the industry hurting farmers thousands of kilometres from the source.
“Industry estimates it cost about $60-million because growers couldn’t sell their fruit and had to leave it on the vine to rot.
“Since then the Australian Melon Association and Horticulture Innovation Australia have been working hard to significantly improve on-farm food safety practices.
“Before this outbreak, Australian rockmelons where sought-after internationally, and we are going to help them regain that status.
“Through this funding we are working with the Australian Melon Association (AMA) to re-establish key markets such as Singapore, New Zealand, Japan and Malaysia.
“This grant will help the melon industry to get boots on the ground overseas with trade visits by teams of expert growers, exporters and food safety scientists.
“It will also help the AMA to develop marketing and communications materials to distribute to export markets, Austrade in-market offices and relevant government and health authorities.
“I congratulate the AMA for being proactive in working for rockmelon growers to get their market share back.”
Industry Development Manager
Australian Melon Association Inc
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