The Tasmanian Fruit and Vegetable Industry Taskforce handed its final report over to the Federal Government this week.
It includes eight strong recommendations for the future growth of the industry after an extensive review of our state’s fruit and vegetable industries.
I was pleased to be part of this process – one of only three politicians invited to join the taskforce.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott wanted it to be an industry-led review when he announced during the election campaign that he would establish the taskforce as part of his plan to generate growth and jobs in Tasmania.
The taskforce found that there is potential for growth in these vital clean, green industries supported by the recent expansion of irrigation but there are significant cultural and structural barriers that are impeding development.
It recommends the appointment of a market growth facilitator to provide leadership to exploit market opportunities.
Read the story here: http://www.erichutchinson.com.au/vision-for-prosperous-tas-fruit-and-vegetables/
And remember to support these two Tasmanian growth industries by buying local whenever you can.