Selling Queensland fruit and vegetables to growing Asian markets
Agriculture Minister Leanne Donaldson is today promoting Queensland producers at one of the world’s leading fruit and vegetable trade shows in Hong Kong.
Asia Fruit Logistica 2Asia Fruit Logistica has attracted 650 exhibitors from 37 countries, and 9000 buyers from across the region including China, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, India, Japan and Thailand.
The Minister is hosting a networking lunch at which she will declare Queensland as fully committed to working in partnership with Queensland’s horticulture industry to increase international trade.
“Queensland’s proximity to Asian markets, a lower Australian dollar and counter-seasonal production offers our producers exceptional opportunities to increase exports.”
“I will be making it very clear that the Government will do all it can to support export growth and take full advantage of the new opportunities that are opening up through advances in technology, increased airfreight capacity and the China-Australia free trade agreement.Asia Fruit Logistica
The new China-Australia Free Trade Agreement allows 95% of Australian exports to enter China free of duty, opening up a market of 1.3 billion people.
“That’s a market too big to ignore if we want Queensland farmers to continue to benefit.”
The Minister heads to China after this event to keep pushing the fruit and veggie barrow.