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New cooperation with Korea on animal health and quarantine.



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The Hon. Tony Burke MP Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

New cooperation with Korea on animal health and quarantine

10 April 2008 DAFF08/036B

Australia and the Republic of Korea will begin a new era of cooperation on animal health and quarantine, under an agreement signed today.

Australian Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Tony Burke and Korean Minister for Agriculture Chung Woon-chun participated in a Memorandum of Understanding signing ceremony in Seoul today.

After the signing, the Minister inspected the Hanwoo Beef Cattle Farm outside of Seoul.

The MoU commits the countries to cooperate on animal health and quarantine by sharing information on procedures, reducing quarantine risks, diseases and testing methods.

“This agreement will underpin the valuable trade in Australian animal products to Korea,” Mr Burke said.

“Bilateral discussions on animal health and quarantine can now begin and regular meetings will be held in Korea and Australia.

“Korea is already the third largest export market for Australian beef and an important market for our dairy products.

“This agreement could also help to facilitate livestock exports to Korea, by ensuring we continue to build on our world’s-best-practice standards, which would be an economic boost to an important industry in rural Australia.”

Mr Burke is visiting Korea as part of a 13-day trip to the region to further bilateral trade and promote Australian agricultural products.

He has been accompanied by a range of Australian industry experts, including representatives from Meat and Livestock Australia.