Apply now to take advantage of trade opportunities in China
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.