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Agribusiness export program aimed at China

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Minister for Agriculture Tony Burke has announced the government will fund a new round of agribusiness visits to China to promote Australian produce under the Australia-China Agricultural Cooperation Agreement. The program will include six visits over 2010 and 2011 by Australian delegates visiting China and Chinese delegates visiting Australia to strengthen commercial relationships. The government covers most of the costs for the Australian contingent under the program. Burke said China was one of the world’s fastest growing economies and it continued to offer significant new opportunities for Australian agriculture: "We already export 60 percent of the food we produce and we will continue working with industry to expand trade opportunities." Almost 200 visits between Australia and China have been funded since the agreement was signed in 1984, including representatives from the beef, dairy, wool, horticulture, forestry, fisheries, food processing and agricultural economics industries. Australian agribusinesses, agricultural producers and researchers can apply for funding under this round of the program. Applications close this Friday, October 30 at 5pm. See www.daff.gov.au/acaca for more details.

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