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$16 million boost to farm training and education in Victoria.



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HON WARREN TRUSS MP MINISTER FOR AGRICULTURE, FISHERIES AND FORESTRY

AFFA02/166WT 11 July 2002

$16 million boost to farm training and education in Victoria

The Federal and Victorian Governments will each contribute $8 million under the AAA�FarmBis program to boost training opportunities for Victorian farmers over the next two years, Federal Agriculture Minister Warren Truss announced today.

Mr Truss said AAA�FarmBis represents a partnership between the Federal Government, the States and the Northern Territory to encourage Australia’s primary producers and land managers to improve their business and natural resource management skills.

“The types of training supported by FarmBis include risk management, best practice, benchmarking, financial planning, marketing, quality assurance and natural resource management,” he said.

“The extension of FarmBis in Victoria will help ensure our primary producers and land managers become more self-reliant and better equipped to benefit from change.”

Mr Truss said today’s announcement builds on the $8 million provided last year by the two governments in the new program’s first year.

“I’m pleased the Victorian Government has taken up the Commonwealth’s offer of funding from the new AAA�FarmBis program for a further two years,” he said.

“It helps ensure Victoria’s primary producers have access to the same level of funding certainty under the program as their counterparts in the other States and the NT.”

“The new, enhanced AAA�FarmBis program began last July,” Mr Truss said.

“It is more accessible and open to a wider range of primary producers, including wild�catch fishing operators, as well as land managers.”

Further media inquiries: FarmBis Victoria (applications and administration), (03) 9243 2600 or www.ruralfinance.com.au FarmBis Victoria (other inquiries), 136 186 Mr Truss's office, Andrew Hall (02) 6277 7520 or 0419 996 766

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Last updated 11 July 2002

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