MAINTAINING and growing Australia’s $3.1bn food and agricultural exports into Europe is a focus of the Turnbull Government, assistant agriculture minister Anne Ruston says.
Senator Ruston has been in Britain as part of a trade delegation supported by the National Farmers’ Federation.
Minister Ruston said strengthening bilateral relations was a key part of her visit to Europe.
“The UK is a key partner of Australia in agricultural trade and investment, and it was important to work with the NFF to strengthen our agriculture and trade ties with the UK and other countries,” Senator Ruston said.
“Within the European Union, the UK is our second largest agricultural market—with exports valued at $646m in 2016—and we are committed to growing this trade into the future.”
She said it was great to be able to hold meetings with George Eustice, Minister of State for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and Therese Coffey, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Environment.
Minister Ruston said the Australian Government had made a concerted effort to champion Australian farmers’ interests in the EU during a critical period of change.
“We are behind our farmers as they sell a premium product to markets across the world,” Senator Ruston said.
“We want to keep the momentum going for Australian agriculture now we have secured a growing number of free trade deals that are expanding export opportunities and jobs for Australians.