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Media Release

John Anderson

Minister for Primary Industries and Energy

 

BRAZIL AGREEMENT BOOST FOR AUSTRALIA'S FARMERS

 

DPIE98/35A

7 April, 1998

 

A bilateral agreement has been signed which has the potential to significantly increase Australi a's $55 million a year primary produce exports to Brazil.

 

Federal Primary Industries and Energy Minister, John Anderson, has signed the agri-food Memorandum of Understanding with His Excellency, Arlindo Porto Neto, the Brazilian Minister for Agriculture and Supply.

 

“This is an historic agreement for Australia's farmers and a milestone in our country's trade relationship with Brazil,” Mr. Anderson said.

 

“We believe Australia's exports to Brazil - a market of l50 million consumers - of dairy products meat, fish and other animal products will increase significantly during the next few years.

 

“That promises to add to current earnings of $55 million a year for Australian producers as the agri-food agreement enhances trade and provides easier access to each other country' s markets.

 

“Both countries are major agricultural producers with strong trade credentials in organisations such as the Cairns Group and APEC,” Mr. Anderson said.

 

The agreement was reached after more than a year of negotiation by the Australian Quarantine & Inspection Service (AQIS) on Australia's behalf, with input from the Department of Primary Industries and Energy and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

 

Media Contacts:

Robert Haynes, 02 6277 7520; 04 1949 35ll

Bob Biddle, AQIS, 02 6272 5364

 

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