The district’s much-loved local farmers’ markets may be given assistance to ensure they can continue into the future, if a Coalition government is elected later this year.
The Nationals have pledged to implement a Farmers’ Market Support Program if elected.
State Member for Euroa Steph Ryan said the $2million program would help support existing farmers’ markets and establish new ones, giving small producers more opportunities to sell directly to the community.
‘‘We are very lucky in our region to be the home of some fantastic producers and farmers’ markets which give the community an opportunity to buy fresh, locally grown and produced food directly from the producers themselves,’’ she said.
‘‘For many people, the monthly farmers’ market is a date not to be missed — whether it’s Lancefield, Tallarook, Nagambie, Euroa or Avenel.’’
Ms Ryan said markets promoted locally sourced and grown produce, and generated jobs and investment in small food producers and the community through increased tourism.
‘‘Markets like that at Violet Town have contributed enormously back to the community by bringing in an outside source of revenue that supports the town’s many community groups,’’ Ms Ryan said.
She also stressed the importance of dialling back regulation to ensure local producers were not put at a competitive disadvantage, and added that the coalition would ‘‘ensure regulation is sensible.’’