TASMANIA's climatic conditions and pest-free status are natural advantages in expanding the state's berry industry, says Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.
Visiting the Costa Exchange project on the North-West Coast yesterday, Mr Rudd said there were opportunities amid the state's economic challenges.
"This is a great example of how Federal Labor's plan for jobs makes a difference to local communities and helps make Tasmania more competitive," Mr Rudd said.
"Federal Labor is committed to giving everyone the chance to fully participate in Australia's growing economy.
"There are future economic challenges and opportunities ahead of us."
Mr Rudd visited Costa Exchange as part of the government's $100 million Tasmanian Jobs and Growth Plan.
Costa Exchange recently received a $1 million contribution towards new facilities which allowed it to expand its local workforce - it is the largest fruit and vegetable producer and marketer in Australia.