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PRIMARY INDUSTRY M EDIA RELEASE

STATEMENT BY THE MINISTER FOR PRIMARY INDUSTRY THE RT. HON. IAN SINCLAIR M

CANBERRA

18 October, 1978.

INCREASE IN JAPAN BEEF IMPORTS

Announcement by the Japanese Government of an increased beef

and veal quota for the second half of the Japanese fiscal year

has been welcomed by the Minister for Primary Industry, Mr.

Ian Sinclair. . .

Mr. Sinclair was speaking in Sydney before leaving for ,

Washington to present Australia's case against counter-cyclical

beef legislation now before Present Carter. '

The general quota, which is for delivery over the period

January-June 1979, is for 50,000 tonnes, an increase of 5,000

tonnes on the quota for the same period last year.

In addition to the general quota there are a number of other

special quotas (for hotels, boiled beef, school lunch programme,

and for Okinawa) which when announced should take total access

to the Japanese market in the first half of next year to nearly

60,000 tonnes. -

Mr. Sinclair said the quota increase would undoubtedly be

welcome news to cattle producers who had been hard pressed

over recent years as a result of depressed prices reflecting

a lack of access to export markets. ■·.■.·.

"The increased quota is particularly important for prodpcers

and others involved in the specialised high quality chilled

beef trade", Mr. Sinclair said.

The Japanese announcement was especially well received in this

time of uncertainty concerning the long term future of the ’

United States beef import market, he said.