NEW PROGRAM: Norco Director Mike Jeffery, Minister for Primary Industries Niall Blair and Member for Oxley Melinda Pavey on a tour of the Norco facility at Raleigh.
NEW PROGRAM: Norco Director Mike Jeffery, Minister for Primary Industries Niall Blair and Member for Oxley Melinda Pavey on a tour of the Norco facility at Raleigh.

Innovation projects announced in dairy industry

DAIRY farmers and processors are the focus of two projects announced by the Minister for Primary Industries, Niall Blair, while on a tour of Norco's Raleigh factory this week.

The two projects, worth almost $330,000, involve learning about success stories from dairy producers and boosting the innovation capacity of small and medium processors.

Part of the NSW Government's Dairy Industry Fund, the programs are designed to help ensure sustainability and success in the state's $1.25 billion dairy industry.

"The Dairy Industry Fund is about putting money towards those projects that will help boost profitability and productivity for our farmers while improving efficiency of the supply chain - today's announcement ticks both of those boxes," Mr Blair said.

"This is only the first round of funding - there will be more to come - and I am proud the NSW Government is working with the dairy industry hand-in-hand to support projects the industry has told us will help build for its future.

"We want to see a 20 per cent increase in dairies in New South Wales by the year 2020.

"That funding will go toward making sure those dairy farmers have access to good planing and resilience programs to benefit their business."

Member for Oxley Melinda Pavey said the Mid North Coast had been a significant producer of dairy products for decades.

"Here at Norco in Raleigh, local farmers have seen first-hand the benefits of a strong market and are shipping fresh milk to China every week," Mrs Pavey said.

"This new Dairy Industry Fund will play a big role in securing the future of dairy here in NSW."

Norco director Mike Jeffery said while Norco was not a direct recipient of the funding, "our farmers will benefit from the program because it is aimed at improving sustainability and business making decisions at the farm level."

"The funding is aimed at growing the farm sector and, as we are a farmer-owned cooperative, our members will benefit."



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