Forum for stronger links with China
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.