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DAFF05/006WT - 25 January 2005

Calling all potential young rural exporters

Young rural people looking to boost the export readiness of their business should consider applying for a place on an innovative Australian Government training course, Agriculture Minister Warren Truss said today.

Mr Truss said the Export Market Development Training Course is designed to increase awareness among Australia's young rural leaders of how the global trading environment works, and give them the skills they need to run a successful export business.

"The five-day, residential course will be held in Sydney from 9 to 13 May 2005," Mr Truss said.

The Export Market Development Training Course is a joint initiative of the Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Austrade and the Australian Institute of Export.

"It will allow participants to learn first hand from successful agribusiness exporters, trade experts and professional service providers."

Mr Truss said the course supports the Australian Government's twin goals of doubling the number of Australian exporters by 2006, and providing young rural entrepreneurs with new opportunities and expert assistance.

"While recent research shows the average age of Australian farmers is over 50 years, 18 to 35-year-olds represent more than one third of all people working in our primary industries," he said. "It is vital they are given opportunities to develop their skills."

Mr Truss said the course is another part of the Australian Government's successful Young People in Rural Industries Program which has been running for four years.

"It has already delivered four rounds of study awards, four leadership courses, two export development courses, grants for young peoples' rural networks, corporate governance courses and a mentoring initiative.

"This represents more than $2 million in investment in the future of young people living and working in rural and regional Australia.

"I urge young people to make the most of these opportunities and take the next step towards becoming tomorrow's rural leaders and exporters."

Applications for the Export Market Development Training Course close at 5pm on Thursday, 17 February 2005.

For further information and an application form, visit the web site: www.daff.gov.au/youngleaders, email: youngleaders@daff.gov.au; or call: Anita Evans on (02) 6272 5545.

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