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Tassie agriculture takes on Asian flavour

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The Federal Government will fund the development of a marketing and promotion strategy at the Tasmanian Institute of Agricultural Research to help help identify new market opportunities in South East Asia for Tasmanian vegetables. Minister for Agriculture Tony Burke announced up to $116,000 to go towards determining the needs and commercial viability of new South East Asian vegetable markets under the second round of funding under the three-year Promoting Australian Produce initiative. "This project will provide Tasmanian vegetable growers with a strategic plan to take advantage of new opportunities, such as the South East Asian market," he said. "Horticulture is a vital part of the Tasmanian economy and its enviable biosecurity status means that Tasmania can export many crops that other parts of Australia can’t." In 2008/09, Tasmania accounted for 91 percent of Australia’s fresh and chilled onion exports, 39 percent of Australia’s fresh cherry exports, and half of Australia’s fresh apple exports. Total funding for the initiative is more than $1 million. For further information, visit www.daff.gov.au/ausproduce.

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