AUSTRALIAN FARMERS, researchers, and agricultural industry experts will play a growing role in meeting global demand for high quality food products, according to Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister, Luke Hartsuyker, who departs Australia today for Beijing to attend the China Food Security and Food Safety Summit.
“Improving global food security and food safety requires close and cooperative relationships, with an emphasis on open dialogue, knowledge sharing and the application of innovative technologies,” said Mr Hartsuyker, who is representing Deputy Prime Minister, Barnaby Joyce.
“Both Australia and China place enormous value in our agricultural sectors and recognise the importance of agriculture in building the wealth and lifestyle of our nations.
“Governments and industries of Australia and China are committed to working together to harness research and development, as the need for agricultural productivity becomes ever more important.”
Minister Hartsuyker said the visit also presented an opportunity to reflect on the success of the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA), which entered into force in December 2015.
“China has become the world’s second largest importer of agriculture, food and fishery products, worth almost US$120 billion in 2014,” Minister Hartsuyker said.
“China has also become Australia’s biggest market for agricultural products, with exports of around $11.1 billion in 2015.
“Agreements like ChAFTA will help Australian producers build on this success and drive better returns for Australian farmers and producers.
“Australia and China boast strong agriculture sectors with the potential to make significant contributions to food security not only in our own nations, but across our region and around the world.”
The Minister will visit China from November 11 to 16 to attend the Summit, participate in bilateral trade meetings and meet with senior government officials on agricultural trade matters, including signing a letter of intent with the State Administrator of Grain.
He will also be on hand to welcome the first shipment of Australian nectarines to be exported to China.