Beef Australia 2015: Celebrating an iconic Australian industry
6 May 2015
Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, is joining cattle farmers from across Australia, and delegates from more than 30 countries around the world, to celebrate our iconic beef industry at the Beef Australia 2015 expo in Rockhampton.
“I’m looking forward to joining with Member for Capricornia, Michelle Landry, and Member for Flynn, Ken O’Dowd, as well as the Queensland LNP Senate team as we come together in support of this vital rural industry,” Minister Joyce said.
Minister Joyce said the Australian beef industry already contributed $8.5 billion to our national economy, and was poised to grow even stronger as it capitalised on new export markets and opportunities opened up by the Coalition Government.
“This expo provides a unique forum for industry leaders, international trading partners, experts, researchers and producers to share knowledge, create new partnerships, and to think big about the future of Australia’s beef and livestock industry,” Minister Joyce said.
“This is why the Coalition Government contributed $2.75 million to Beef Australia 2015.
“Australia has big opportunities to meet the growing demand among our Asian neighbours for quality agricultural produce. Through the Coalition Government’s forthcoming Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper and Northern Australia White Paper we will be working with industry to seize these opportunities.
“There are 7.5 billion people in the world, many of whom will pay a premium price for a premium product, and I believe our beef and livestock are the best in the world.
“Our reputation as a reliable supplier of high-quality clean and green produce, and our favourable biosecurity status, give us a strong competitive advantage in global markets.
“The Coalition has worked hard to get better returns at the farmgate, and to ensure our world-class beef and cattle producers have access to the widest possible range of international markets—we said Australia was open for business, and we meant it.
“We’ve now concluded trade deals with three of our largest beef export markets—China, Japan, Korea. And in the last year alone, we’ve delivered six new market opportunities for livestock exports—Lebanon, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Cambodia and Thailand.
“Each of these deals is big news for local industry, and will be worth billions to Australian producers over coming years.
“But the work of governments in creating new opportunities is nothing without the producers who make it happen.
“It is clear the Australian beef industry is a vibrant sector that understands how to capitalise on opportunities, and appreciates the value of international partnerships.
“Seeing the passion and dedication of our beef and livestock producers here at Beef Australia 2015 leaves me in no doubt that the industry will have a bright and prosperous future for many generations to come.”