South Australian agribusinesses and food and beverage producers are being urged to take part in a new pilot program to help them plan and manage their growth.
Agriculture, Food and Fisheries Minister Leon Bignell today announced the start of the new Agribusiness Growth Program.
The $1.3 million State Government funded program – over four years – enables small to medium businesses to seek the assistance of expert consultants.
The consultants will provide comprehensive evaluation of their current position and growth plans as well as a report which lays out business improvements and action needed for growth.
Mr Bignell said the Agribusiness Growth Program was an excellent opportunity for small-to-medium South Australian businesses.
“The success of the State Government’s premium food and wine from our premium environment priority is underpinned by small to medium businesses,” Mr Bignell said.
“We want them to target high value markets, attract investment, and make sound decisions about business expansion,” he said.
“This initiative opens doors to each of these objectives.”
The Agribusiness Growth Program has been designed by the Department of Primary Industry and Regions SA (PIRSA) and will be managed by Food South Australia.
Businesses need to apply and demonstrate they meet eligibility criteria and, if they do, will be accepted on a first-in-first-serve basis.
From there, they have access to a grant to contribute to the cost of the one-on-one coaching.