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Wednesday, May 26,1999 MV83/99



$3.1 M boost for high-value food exports


Federal Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Mark Vaile, said today, that the Government’s $3.1 million New Industries Development Program (NIDP) would help agribusiness boost its high-value food exports.


Speaking at this morning’s “Supermarket to Asia Council” meeting in Canberra, Mr Vaile said the NIDP would promote a national approach to finding new business opportunities, enhancing skills and strengthening commercial linkages.


“If Australia is to secure a long-term future as a reliable and innovative food supplier to the world’s markets, it’s vital that our industry responds quickly to the expectations of overseas consumers for new products and services,” he said.


Mr Vaile said the NIDP would be managed by his department guided by a Supermarket to Asia Council working group.


“And I am pleased to announce that Supermarket to Asia Council member Malcolm Irving will chair that working group,” he said.


Mr Vaile said the working group would examine a number of important issues, including:

improving the skills and access to ‘quality’ information by agribusiness SMEs (small to medium enterprises); pilot product projects; and projects to encourage cooperation across State and regional boundaries.


The Minister also announced the release of a report on the Supermarket to Asia Strategy’s Delicatessen Program entitled Developing Successful Niche Agribusiness Exports .


“The report includes research information as well as the experiences of exporters of a wide variety of specialist products, including green tea, wasabi, ‘Asian-style’ red meat products, white flesh nectarines and organic rangeland beef,” Mr Vaile said


“It brings together important lessons from the program for new industry development.”


“The NIDP will help ensure our exporters produce the types of products our international customers want and also deliver significant flow-on benefits to the economies and social infrastructure of communities in rural and regional Australia,” Mr Vaile said.


For further information, or copies of Developing Successful Niche Agribusiness Exports , contact Deborah Gifford, Food and Agribusiness Development Branch, AFFA on (02) 6272 3785.


Contact: Bruce Mills (02) 6277 7520



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