Helping Northern Australian farmers export to Asia
18 May 2018
Joint media release with the Assistant Minister for Science, Jobs and Innovation, Senator the Hon Zed Seselja.
The Australian Government has announced a $259,000 investment by the Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for Developing Northern Australia to improve farmers’ ability to export agricultural produce to Asia.
Minister for Resources and Northern Australia Matt Canavan said the project was expected to deliver significant economic benefits to the North.
“In this CRC-funded project, local, regional, national and international representatives will work together to increase exports of perishable agricultural commodities from Northern Australia to Asia,” Minister Canavan said.
“It is critical to our economy that Australia has strong ties with Asian markets to develop and increase demand for perishable commodities from Northern Australia.
“The CRC for Developing Northern Australia will invest $259,000 in a $676,000 project that will include surveying Chinese consumers to determine what Australian-grown agricultural goods they want from our farmers.”
Minister Canavan said the project would improve coordination among Northern Australia’s agricultural producers, marketers and transporters to increase exports.
“Project stakeholders include Central Queensland University, Growcom, Rockhampton Regional Council, Overseas Investment Union of China, Tropical Pines Pty Ltd, Passionfruit Australia, Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, and the Queensland Department of State Development,” Minister Canavan said.
“They will look at supply chain infrastructure, investigate barriers to production and determine which technological innovations could be adopted to improve production.”
Assistant Minister for Science, Jobs and Innovation Zed Seselja commended the CRC for Developing Northern Australia for another project to improve economic and job outcomes for Northern Australia.
“CRCs have a proven track record in delivering tangible benefits for industry,” Assistant Minister Seselja said.
“In this case, project outcomes could benefit industries other than agriculture, such as transport and air-freight, resulting in more jobs for Australians.
“The project is expected to be completed in September 2020.”
Minister Canavan's office 02 6277 7180
Assistant Minister Seselja's office 02 6277 3187