$22m for farm, fish or food processors post-floods

The Norco factory at Lismore during the floods last year. Photo: contributed

Round 2 of $22million government funding for agricultural processing businesses impacted by last year’s floods is open for applications.

The Supply Chain Support Program is funded by state and federal governments under the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements.

The funding is for the rebuild and repair for processors, or harvesters of primary produce that operate within the fisheries, horticulture and agriculture sectors.

Federal Minister for Emergency Management Murray Watt said the first funding round helped repair premises and support employers to keep their employees in jobs at operations across flood regions including dairies, distilleries and seafood suppliers.

In this second round, eligible businesses and co-operatives that experienced direct flood damage can apply for up to $2million to support projects such as the replacement of damaged plant and machinery, for business and product diversification, or for transporting product from outside the area.

Processing businesses and co-operatives indirectly impacted by floods through major supply chain disruptions can apply for up to $250,000.

For further information and to apply go to this website.

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