Ap­ply now to take ad­van­tage of trade op­por­tu­ni­ties in China

South Burnett Times - - RURAL WEEKLY -

THE Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture and Wa­ter Re­sources is seek­ing ap­pli­ca­tions from Aus­tralian farm busi­nesses and or­gan­i­sa­tions look­ing to un­der­take projects and trade mis­sions to boost the agri­cul­tural trad­ing re­la­tion­ship be­tween Aus­tralia and China this year.

Aus­tralia’s $12.7 bil­lion two-way agri­cul­tural trade re­la­tion­ship with China is set to be fur­ther strength­ened, with ap­pli­ca­tions now open for fund­ing through the Aus­tralia-China Agri­cul­tural Co-op­er­a­tion Agree­ment pro­gram.

Deputy sec­re­tary David Parker said agri­cul­tural trade and in­vest­ment with China con­tin­ued to be of vi­tal im­por­tance to Aus­tralia, with both coun­tries shar­ing a strong his­tory of work­ing to­gether.

“The ACACA pro­gram has laid a strong foun­da­tion, which has now been used strate­gi­cally to de­velop new op­por­tu­ni­ties pre­sented by the China-Aus­tralia Free Trade Agree­ment (ChAFTA),” Mr Parker said.

“ChAFTA elim­i­nates tar­iffs on key com­modi­ties where there is grow­ing de­mand – like beef, sheep meat, hides and skins, dairy, hor­ti­cul­ture, wine and seafood – mak­ing Aus­tralian ex­ports more at­trac­tive to Chi­nese im­porters and con­sumers.

“This year’s ACACA pro­gram will con­tinue to pro­vide two streams of fund­ing, cov­er­ing projects and trade mis­sions in pri­or­ity ar­eas, in­clud­ing e-com­merce in­no­va­tion, sus­tain­able agri­cul­tural tech­nol­ogy, san­i­tary and phy­tosan­i­tary train­ing, agri­cul­tural prod­ucts pro­cess­ing and com­mod­ity pro­duc­tion re­search.”

For more in­for­ma­tion on the ACACA pro­gram and to ap­ply, visit agri­cul­ture.gov.au/ mar­ket-ac­cess-trade/acaca.

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