FARMERS in northern Australia are to get a boost to help export agricultural produce to Asia.
The federal government has announced $259,000 in funding from the Cooperative Research Centre for Developing Northern Australia.
Minister for northern Australia Matt Canavan said the through the project, local, regional, national and international representatives would work together to increase exports of perishable agricultural commodities from northern Australia to Asia.
“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,” he said.
The project will include surveying Chinese consumers to determine what Australian-grown agricultural goods they want from our farmers.
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.
Mr Canavan said the project would improve coordination among northern Australia’s agricultural producers, marketers and transporters to increase exports.
“They will look at supply chain infrastructure, investigate barriers to production and determine which technological innovations could be adopted to improve production,” he said.