Six organisations across regional Victoria will help horticulture businesses innovate, expand and employ more people.

The six projects announced will receive grants totaling $270,330 to boost production and exports into new markets

Victorian Government announced today the latest recipients of the Horticulture Innovation Fund, which will see grants of up to A$50,000 to help businesses test and adapt new technologies and processes to boost production and exports into new markets, and broaden the diversity of products sold overseas.

The six projects announced today will receive grants that total $270,330 and include:

  1. Monash University – to evaluate the commercial use of a new polycarbonate for vegetable protected cropping to improve production and quality
  2. Apple and Pear Australia Ltd – to develop new software that will reduce barriers for the commercialisation and adoption of the Difference of Absorbance meter for improved fruit quality
  3. Barengi Gadjin Land Council Aboriginal Corporation – to support the investigation of crop pollination by native bees to address production efficiencies within native foods
  4. Australian Wine Research Institute – to develop water budgeting and canopy management tools to assist the wine industry adapting to a changing climate
  5. Australian Wine Research Institute – to improve management options for smoke tainted wines, including testing commercial remediation options
  6. Nursery and Garden Industry Victoria – to support the development of a weed control information package for management of nursery weeds

Accounting for more than half of Australia's horticulture exports, Victoria's food and fibre sector is recognised around the globe for producing some of the world's cleanest, greenest and premium food products, which is importantly supported by complete traceability of the state's production and supply chain.

Our diverse horticultural sector covers a wide geographical spread and product range, providing opportunities for consumers around the world to enjoy Victorian fresh produce, in particular premium produce such as table grapes, citrus, summer-fruit, cherries, olives, almonds, apples and pears.

To date, 11 horticulture projects across Victoria have already been successful, with grants totaling $511,048.