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Funding offered to grow ag trade

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February 10, 2018

Federal Agriculture and Water Resources Minister David Littleproud said this year’s program would focus on advanced agriculture technologies, water in agriculture, eCommerce innovation, science and technology, food safety, animal husbandry, farming sustainably and exploring niche markets.

Australian agricultural businesses are encouraged to apply for funding to grow agricultural trade co-operation between Australia and China.

The Australia China Agricultural Co-operation Agreement program provides $50000 in funding.

Federal Agriculture and Water Resources Minister David Littleproud said this year’s program would focus on advanced agriculture technologies, water in agriculture, eCommerce innovation, science and technology, food safety, animal husbandry, farming sustainably and exploring niche markets.

‘‘These grants fund projects including technical exchanges, staff secondments, working groups, training programs, research and development, feasibility studies and information exchanges,’’ Mr Littleproud said.

‘‘Previously, these grants helped grow the market for Australian raisins and sultanas by funding Dried Fruit Australia’s trade mission to China; it helped to establish the Australia-China Sustainable Agricultural Technology Forum in Tasmania; and gave funding to the ABC’s Landline program to promote opportunities and benefits under ChAFTA.’’

China is Australia’s largest export market for agricultural, fisheries and forestry products, worth almost $11.5billion in 2016-17.

■Applications open on February 13 and close on 13 March. To apply for funding and for more information, visit: agriculture.gov.au/market-access-trade/acaca

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