Build­ing farm links in Chi­nese mar­kets

The Riverine Herald - - NEWS -

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.

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