Strong agricultural relationship with Indonesia continues
8 October 2015
Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Barnaby Joyce, said Australia’s agricultural ties with Indonesia remained strong, productive and respectful after a series of successful meetings with Indonesian Ministers, officials and industry leaders this week.
“I’ve had a whole range of productive talks with Indonesian counterparts in government and industry this week about how we can strengthen our agriculture trade,” Minister Joyce said.
“We had positive discussions on sugar, beef and cattle, horticulture and fisheries and visited a range of business across the supply chain including an abattoir, wet-market, supermarket and restaurant.
“It was particularly pleasing seeing Australian agricultural products on shelves and plates, and gain a deeper understanding of how these supply chains contribute to Indonesian food security and consumer choice—I know our industry delegation will benefit from this understanding.
“I also signed an agreement on illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing that will strengthen our joint approach to combating illegal fishing in both our waters.
“We were warmly welcomed and graciously received by our Indonesian hosts, and I look forward to returning this hospitality in the future.”
Minister Joyce said the visit reflected the importance the Australian Government placed on Australia’s relationship with Indonesia.
“We truly value our relationship with Indonesia, one of our closest neighbours. It is based on a mutually-beneficial trade relationship, particularly in agriculture, where both our farmers and Indonesian farmers require greater farmgate returns to be profitable and stay in business, and therefore continue producing the food and fibre we all need,” Minister Joyce said.
“I saw first-hand on this visit how Australian products help underpin the food security of Indonesia, and the effect our supply can have on sustainable food prices.
“Indonesia also supplies Australia with some important agricultural products, particularly sustainable forest products, and foods such as pasta, noodles and cocoa products.
“I will continue to work to maintain and build a strong and respectful bilateral agricultural trade with Indonesia, to the benefit of both nations.”