A Goulburn Valley free-range egg producer says a meeting in Shepparton was beneficial to their business as they are looking to expand.
Valley Park Farm’s financial controller Manfred Ruff said the event was a good starting point for the business.
‘‘We’ve been a domestic egg supplier and are thinking about expanding into the international market,’’ Mr Ruff said.
‘‘In China we’ve seen a growing middle class and we’re looking into whether our product would be viable and if it’s worth investing.’’
Goulburn Valley businesses of differing industries and sizes came together for the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Government Grants Briefings series.
Mr Ruff said after learning more about grant opportunities, the Federal Government’s Entrepreneurs Program was a standout option as they worked on an export business plan.
He said the business would also potentially be looking into grants that allowed it to upgrade its grading facilities to support an increased demand on its equipment. In the know . . . Valley Park Farm’s Financial Controller Manfred Ruff attended the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Government Grants Briefings series 2018 in Shepparton.
‘‘We’ll be looking into the feasibility of upgrading,’’ he said.
■ The next Government Grants Briefings series will be at Wangaratta Performing Arts Centre, Wangaratta, on Thursday, October 25 from 5.30 pm to 7.30 pm.
To register to attend the event, visit the website at: www.victorianchamber.com.au/ events
Shooters, Fishers and Farmers MP Robert Borsak has condemned RSPCA Australia for hijacking a legitimate CSIRO survey on the Australian egg industry for its own political purposes.
According to Mr Borsak, RSPCA Australia sent out an email on August 28 inviting recipients to complete a survey on the egg industry.
‘‘RSPCA disguised the fact that they had simply hijacked the CSIRO survey,’’ Mr Borsak said.
‘‘They added comments designed to sway public opinion, against producers, immediately before completing the survey.
‘‘It also included a question that was not at all relevant to eggs or egg production.
‘‘This is a scurrilous and biased attack on Australian egg producers, clearly designed to influence respondents’ opinions.
‘‘The CSIRO survey could potentially be corrupted and invalidated by the RSPCA’s dirty trick and attempt to sway public opinion.’’
The CSIRO survey is part of a three-year research program, funded by Australian Eggs, which will examine the relationship between the egg industry and the Australian community.
The survey aims to understand community views on the impacts and contributions of the egg industry across areas such as the environment, animal welfare, food security and livelihoods.
The National RSPCA was contacted for comment but declined to do so.
The CSIRO declined to become involved in political matters.
■ CSIRO encourages all Australians to take part in the public survey, which closes on September 7 and can be found at: https://australianeggscommunity research2018w.questionpro.com/