Fo­rum for stronger links with China

Tasmanian Country - - NEWS -

MORE than 20 Chi­nese del­e­gates are to join an Aus­tralian and Chi­nese sus­tain­able agri­cul­tural tech­nol­ogy fo­rum in Ho­bart later this month.

NRM South’s ini­tia­tive for Tas­ma­nian and Aus­tralian col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Chi­nese Academy of Agri­cul­tural Sciences will be held from April 30 to May 4.

The Chi­nese del­e­ga­tion will be led by CAAS vice-pres­i­dent Pro­fes­sor Mei Xurong.

China is Tas­ma­nia’s largest ex­port mar­ket for agri­cul­tural pro­duce, and is also the state’s lead­ing source of over­seas tourists and stu­dents.

NRM South chief ex­ec­u­tive Don­ald Coven­try said Chi­nese con­sumers and in­vestors were to be in­creas­ingly im­por­tant for the growth of Tas­ma­nian agri­cul­ture.

Mr Coven­try said the visit of Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping to Ho­bart in 2014 high­lighted the op­por­tu­ni­ties for Tas­ma­nia in build­ing cul­tural and eco­nomic re­la­tion­ships.

He said NRM South took the ini­tia­tive to de­velop a re­la­tion­ship with the CAAS.

The fo­rum is to fa­cil­i­tate plan­ning on four ini­tial joint re­search, de­vel­op­ment and ex­ten­sion projects.

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