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TAS Country : June 14th 2012
Friday, June 15, 2012 Tasmanian Country 7 News The information contained in this correspondence is not a substitute for professional advice and does not take into account your personal or nancial needs or circumstances. ^Farm Management Deposit eligibility criteria applies. ANZ recommends that you seek appropriate advice (including taxation advice) and read the relevant Terms and Conditions and the Financial Services Guide before acquiring any product. Terms and Conditions apply. Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited (ANZ) ABN 11 005 357 522. AFSL/Australian Credit Licence Number 234527. ANZ s colour blue is a trade mark of ANZ. A C 7/ anz.com/agri ith the flexibility of both fixed and variable rates or a combination of the t o an ANZ Agribusiness Manager can help you find a solution for your business. isit anz.com/agri or call 1800 462 474 today. Help make a good year a great one ith an ANZ Farm Management Deposit Account^ . Don't take this for granted ROGER HANSON Industries urged to take cash GRANTS: Tasmanian seafood producers nabbed the lion's share. TASMANIAN food processors have the opportunity next month to tap into a new $200 million merit-based grants program. The Clean Technology Food and Foundries Investment Program, which starts on July 1, takes over from the controversial Regional Food Producers Innovation and Productivity Program (RFPIPP), which finishes on June 30. Parliamentary Secretary for Agricul- ture, Fisheries and Forestry Sid Sidebottom yesterday encouraged Tas- manian producers to access the grants. ''This is a great opportunity for Tasmanian producers to grab hold of,'' Mr Sidebottom said. However, the $35 million RFPIPP, which was launched in 2008, to support the growth of innovative food and seafood industries for regional Aust- ralia, has its critics. Only 31 grants Australia-wide, totall- ing $16.1 million from two funding rounds, were granted in the scheme, but some successful applicants later withdrew. Tasmanian Senator Richard Colbeck says millions of dollars promised to regional food producers had been clawed back in RFPIPP. Senator Colbeck, who chairs the Senate Select Committee inquiring into Australia's food processing sector, said funding for the program was slashed. ''The Government has progressively siphoned off $26.2 million over the life of the program at a time when food processors around the country are telling us how tough trading conditions are,'' Senator Colbeck said. The RFPIPP provides grants of be- tween $50,000 and $2 million for proj- ects involving new technologies, pro- cessing or production methods in the food or seafood industries. Grant recipients matched the fund- ing dollar-for-dollar. A Department of Agriculture, Fish- eries and Forestry spokesman said some successful applicants withdrew from the program and others made reductions in the scope and budget of their projects. ''As a result allocated funds from the program were underspent. Grant ac- quittals are still taking place and the total spend will be just under $8.8 million,'' the spokesman said. ''Given the recipients of matched government funding have put the grants to good use for their indus- tries, the program has achieved its intended outcome.'' Of the $10 million for the seafood sector, Tasmanian producers nabbed the lion's share with $2 million. The Tasmanian companies who se- cured grants under the program were: Spring Bay Seafoods, Triabunna, $236,808 to adopt thermal processing technology for manufacturing a range of flavoured mussel products with an extended shelf-life. Redrock Lobster, Smithton, $200,000 for a project involving the adoption of centralised electrical automation tech- nology including variable speed com- pressors and frequency controllers in its seafood processing line. Tassal Group, Huonville, $727,031 to fund and adopt innovative automated fillet trimming equipment from Iceland into its plant. Mures Fishing, Hobart, $460,812 for packaging technology to enable com- mercial scale production of fresh or frozen ''cook-in-the-tray'' seafood por- tions/meals. Huon Aquaculture, Latrobe, $653,309 to design and adoption of innovative chilling systems for post- harvest fish transportation and pre- processing conditioning.
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