Supporting our native food and botanicals industry
Published: 4 March 2020
The Victorian Government will partner with the Federation of Victoria Traditional Owner Corporations to support the development of a native food and botanicals industry in Victoria and support local jobs.
The Djakitjuk Djanga program will offer Aboriginal Victorian-owned businesses and organisations grants of up to $200,000 to help establish or expand commercial native plant production.
Djakitjuk Djanga is a Dja Dja Wurrung term that means “Country’s food.”
The program will help Victoria to capitalise on the strong interest in the use of Australian native plants like wattles, native greens, fruits and herbs in cooking, as well as the use of botanicals for cosmetics and personal care products.
However, with only a small number of Australia’s edible and botanical plants in commercial production, the industry remains in its early stages.
Funding under the Djakitjuk Djanga program can be used to hire staff, build technical expertise, or invest in stock, seeds and equipment.
The program will also promote the industry, support future research and help people involved in native food production share their ideas with people interested in getting involved.