Strength­en­ing lo­cal pro­duce links

Central and North Rural Weekly - - DROUGHT -

PRO­DUC­ERS at­tend­ing the Meet the Food In­no­va­tors fo­rum will ex­plore al­ter­na­tive high-value mar­kets for lo­cal prod­ucts and strengthen links in the lo­cal food chain.

The fo­rum is an ini­tia­tive of the Cen­tral High­lands Devel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion.

“Meet the Food In­no­va­tors is about sup­port­ing and con­nect­ing lo­cal pro­duc­ers to op­por­tu­ni­ties to value-add to their busi­ness,” CHDC agribusi­ness devel­op­ment co--or­di­na­tor Liz Alexan­der said.

“It’s also about lay­ing foun­da­tions to make lo­cally-grown food more ac­ces­si­ble to con­sumers within our re­gion.”

CHDC will launch and share the re­sults from the 2018 Cen­tral High­lands Beef Pro­cess­ing Fea­si­bil­ity Study and the 2018 Grown in the Cen­tral High­lands re­search pro­ject that mea­sured the lo­cal com­mu­nity’s in­ter­est in pur­chas­ing lo­cal pro­duce.

“This event is an op­por­tu­nity to start work­ing to­gether to grow value for farm­ers, agribusi­ness and re­tail and to link our lo­cal com­mu­nity to fresh, healthy food,” Ms Alexan­der said.

The event will be held in Emer­ald on Oc­to­ber 25.

To reg­is­ter, visit www.chdc.com.au.

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