Build­ing MATE­Ship for wel­fare and trade

The Western Star - - RURAL WEEKLY -

AUS­TRALIA’S cul­ture of mate­ship is help­ing im­prove the in­tegrity and ca­pa­bil­ity of Viet­namese abat­toirs in an­other build­ing block to our 40-year part­ner­ship in agri­cul­ture.

Min­is­ter for Agri­cul­ture David Lit­tleproud launched the Man­ag­ing Abat­toirs, Train­ing and Ex­change of Skills in-coun­try train­ing pro­gram

“We are work­ing with our mates to en­sure in­ter­na­tional an­i­mal wel­fare and food safety stan­dards are met,” Mr Lit­tleproud said.

“We also want to as­sure Aus­tralian cat­tle farm­ers that an­i­mals are treated hu­manely.

“The MATES pro­gram, funded by Aus­tralia, will im­prove key in­tegrity as­pects of the live ex­port sup­ply chain in Viet­nam and to mod­ernise the sup­ply chain from pro­duc­tion to distri­bu­tion.

“It will also as­sist in­dus­try to meet con­sumer ex­pec­ta­tions when it comes to food qual­ity and safety.

“Aus­tralia is help­ing Viet­nam to rise to the chal­lenge – de­liv­er­ing train­ing cour­ses, im­prov­ing abat­toir and feed lot in­fra­struc­ture and pro­vid­ing tech­ni­cal sup­port on an­i­mal wel­fare.

“Viet­nam is a sig­nif­i­cant live cat­tle ex­port mar­ket for Aus­tralia, worth $243 mil­lion in 2016–17.

“This is an­other ex­am­ple of Aus­tralia and Viet­nam’s win-win col­lab­o­ra­tive re­la­tion­ship, im­prov­ing food pro­duc­tion in­tegrity prac­tices in Viet­nam and ex­port op­por­tu­ni­ties for Aus­tralia.”

Mr Lit­tleproud also vis­ited Fu­tureMilk, a 100 per cent Aus­tralian-owned dairy com­pany.

“Vis­it­ing Fu­tureMilk left me feel­ing of proud of how an Aus­tralian com­pany can ex­port ex­per­tise and en­trepreneur­ship and pro­vide a sig­nif­i­cant boost to jobs and in­dus­try in Viet­nam,” he said.

“Fu­tureMilk has over 1000 dairy cows and em­ploys over 70 staff, many lo­cal women who would not oth­er­wise have the op­por­tu­nity to earn a wage.”

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