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Meat sales to Soviet Union



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TAT E M£ PRIMARY INDUS T RY

AT SALES TO SOVIET UNION

Statement by the Minister for Primary Industry,

The Hon. J.D. Anthony, M.P.

The Minister, for Primary Industry, Mr. Anthony announced

today that Australian meat exporters had made sales of beef and

mutton totalling about 30,000 tons to the Soviet Union with the

possibility of further sales.

Speaking at a meeting at Fairy Hill near Casino (N.S.'J.)

Mr. Anthony said the sales had been negotiated this week between

the exporters and representatives of the Soviet Government.

The meat was for shipment between iw and June this year.

Mr. Anthony said the Australian Meat Board was urgently

endeavouring to secure the necessary shipping space.

He said he welcomed the sales as a valuable new outlet for

Australian meat and hoped they would lead to further sales in the

future.

"S believe there are big opportunities for sales of meat in

the Soviet Union where the capacity for increasing meat production is

limited by climatic conditions", Mr. Anthony said.

".'here are also encouraging indications that worthwhile

sales may be negotiated with East European countries such as

Czechoslovakia, Rumania and Hungary.

"Australia is a reliable supplier of good meat because we

have consistent volume production, freedom from disease and high

standards of processing'.

Released in Canberra,

22nd January, 1970.