Australian agriculture stands poised and ready to lead the global marketplace for agricultural products but calls for the review or rewinding of Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) must be abandoned and focus placed on removing non-tariff barriers to trade.
Lack of understanding of free trade agreements, shortages of finance and excessive red tape are the three leading concerns identified by Australian international trade businesses, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s National Trade Survey 2016 has revealed.
“Rabobank is confident about the long-term outlook for the food and agriculture sector, not just globally, but particularly in this part of the world. Not only is there clear indication that there will be an increased reliance on exportable agricultural supplies from Australia, but it will remain highly prized for its quality, traceability, sustainability and disease-free status. The proficiency and adaptability of Australian farmers gives us great confidence in their ability to take advantage of these changes.” – Peter Knoblanche .
By Tony Mahar, National Farmers’ Federation Chief Executive Officer.
New technology will provide transparency and accountability and producers will be paid for what they deliver in the beef, pork and lamb industries, through a $4.8 million grant from the Coalition Government to Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA).