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Message from the CEO

Two major recent developments:

  • Federal Government’s approval of the Future Food Systems CRC, of which RDA ACT is a member.  This is a significant outcome for food hub development throughout regional Australia, and we can expect to benefit through early access to new tools for improving food production as well as the possibility of trials and market testing.
  • Federal Government funding for the establishment of the ‘Capital Regions Export Hub’ in Canberra and Wagga, by Agribusiness Regional Development Association Incorporated (ARDA). More to come on this in the next Newsletter.

We continue to build our role as a broker and facilitator of the ACT AgriFood Hub while looking to build and extend our existing food hub services. This is a slow labour of love that will be years in the making – building local food industry capability, investment and capital access, exporting help, agritechnology RD & E (with our partners CEAT, TradeStart and CBRIN) and creating a sustainable local food production system. 

I am getting around to meet local food businesses.  It’s striking how many there are and the quality products on offer - everything from cured meats, chocolate and great vodka!  I expect to be able to make an announcement soon in relation to a number of major food events over the next 12 months which will be interest to you.

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