STRENGTHENING AGRICULTURAL TIES
Thursday, 20 June 2019
Minister for Agriculture Bridget McKenzie is travelling to Europe today to build stronger ties with major trading partners and hold discussions on the EU-FTA.
“This is an opportunity to champion Australian agriculture in the EU, strengthen our agricultural and trade relationships and ultimately support jobs and economic growth in rural and regional Australia,” Minister McKenzie said.
“Growing exports and getting more of our agricultural produce in international markets is one of my focuses.
“The EU is our fourth largest export destination, worth $3.3 billion to the national economy.
“The EU-FTA can open up lucrative premium markets, ensuring our farmers get a premium price for our clean and green produce.
“During the trip discussions will be held with key officials in Brussels so we can continue working together to progress the EU-FTA and its many benefits for Australia.
“Australia will advocate for its producers and premium produce, supported by a strong biosecurity system.
“Trade is central to Australian agriculture continuing to succeed and to meet the goal of growing to a $100 billion industry by 2030.
Minister McKenzie will speak at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Conference in Rome on 22 June and deliver the response to the Frank McDougall Memorial Lecture.
“Frank McDougall was a renowned public servant and economist who played a significant part in laying the foundations of the FAO and was a tireless advocate for Australian agriculture, and the role of agriculture worldwide,” Minister McKenzie said.
“The conference will also be a great opportunity to establish relationships with agriculture ministers from many countries around the world and highlight the collaborative efforts of Australia in helping meet the Sustainable Development Goals, especially zero hunger.”