Building farm links in Chinese markets
A DELEGATION from China was given an insight into Echuca-Moama and its agriculture community recently.
A group from the Henan Provincial Government visited the twin towns on October 19 to learn about the economy and sustainable farming systems.
The delegation was arranged as part of a threeweek RMIT agriculture modernisation and revitalisation program that has been developed and facilitated by former Committee for Echuca Moama chief executive Martin Szakal, who left C4EM to become a director at Global City Connect based in Bendigo.
Mr Szakal has delivered several international delegations to the region and said he was keen to ‘‘highlight Echuca-Moama and how it is connected to agriculture’’.
‘‘As we know Echuca-Moama is important as a regional hub for agriculture and food processing. It was exciting to learn the outlook for investment and business attraction for both shires are very positive,’’ he said.
The day included a site visit to Kagome, Australia where the delegates heard from factory general manager Brad Free, enjoyed a facility site tour and taste test, and learnt about the farming systems and the company’s operational model.
Following a riverboat lunch cruise, the group also heard from Murray River Council mayor Chris Bilkey and Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority sustainable irrigation program strategy co-ordinator Helen Murdoch.
SPREADING THE MESSAGE: Murray River Council mayor Chris Bilkey welcomed a Chinese delegation to the region recently.