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Traceability grants boost to exports
Australian Pork Young Leaders meet in Queensland
AFTER many delays throughout a COVID- challenged year, the Australian Pork Young Leaders group were fi- nally able to reconvene in Toowoomba last month.
ering the background of the group.
The day was packed with excellent speakers – as is customary, APYL members were on the agenda to build their confidence as presenters and to allow them to share with the group.
Margo explained to the group how her back- ground and passion for regional Australia and its industries have shaped her career.
tion by SunPork Fresh Foods production spe- cialist Darren Bowden.
It was an excellent meeting as usual, damp- ened only slightly by the fact that a few of our members from Victoria and NSW were not able to join in person, though they joined online.
The group is made up of a diverse but balanced mix of industry stake- holders – producers and farm staff, as well as transporters, sales repre- sentatives, vets, proces- sors, wholesalers, mar- keters and consultants.
Presenters spoke about their careers and the pro- gress of their businesses and also shed light on the challenges and op- portunities currently facing the industry.
Margo is passionate about next generation of pork industry leaders, seeing an amazing op- portunity to reframe the pork industry in order to improve perceptions.
Darren compared the leg, shoulder and loin of a standard carcass and a heavy carcass in terms of fat, yield and trim – a learning experience for all.
Steering committee member Rob Martyn from SunPork facilitated the session, beginning with an introduction cov-
A highlight for many in attendance was the last session – a pig carcass breakdown demonstra-
We have our fingers crossed for 2021 and look forward to seeing what it holds for the pork industry’s young leaders. Rachael Bryant
This diversity allows members the opportu- nity to share knowledge, provide each other with unique perspectives on certain industry issues and topics, and to build connections within and throughout the industry and supply chain.
Additionally, the group were fortunate to have present guest speakers, including Australian Pork Limited chief executive officer Margo Andrae.
She also provided up- dates on upcoming ac- tivities and the strategic plan of APL.
After a long and chal- lenging year, it was great for the group to get to- gether to network and enjoy each other’s com- pany.
THE Australian Govern- ment is encouraging ap- plications from farming groups, research or- ganisations and other eligible industry bodies for grants to support pro- jects that enhance trace- ability in the agricultural produce supply chain.
“This program provides opportunities for suc- cessful applicants to carry out projects that enhance product traceability and the competitiveness of our produce.
Minister for Agriculture, David Littleproud said the $3 million under Round Two of the Traceability Grants Program was an opportunity to boost the competitiveness of our farming exporters.
“The first round funded a variety of innovative projects, including an app to track animals from farm to destination in real- time and a portable X-ray scanner for determining seafood provenance.
“Australia’s reputation as a source of premium produce has helped our agricultural exporters se- cure a strong foothold in markets throughout the world,” Minister Little- proud said.
“This second round of the Traceability Grants Program is part of an overall $7 million invest- ment and an important component of the Aus- tralian Government’s Ag2030 plan in support of industry’s ambition of $100 billion in farmgate value by 2030.”
“With greater export market competition and increasing demand from consumers about the ori- gins and safety of pro- duce, traceability systems are critical for access into these export markets.
Round Two of the Trace- ability Grants Program opened on November 25, 2020 and closes on Jan- uary 21, 2021.
For more details or to apply visit the Commu- nity Grants Hub at com
Round Two of the Traceability Grants Program closes on January 21, 2021.
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