A federal government grant of $827,860 will help boost red meat exports – including beef, sheep and goat meat – to the Middle East, North Africa and Southeast Asia by supporting the expanding the market and promoting Australian meat exports.
Agriculture and North Australia Minister David Littleproud said the grant would help provide greater security for the red meat industry.
“This project will ensure the continued success of Australian red meat and livestock exports by maintaining and developing diversified export markets,” he said. “The next decade presents significant challenges in the industry’s export markets due to competition, changing market access requirements and consumer preferences.
“The focus will be on technical market access, trade facilitation and capturing and maximizing opportunities to increase export volumes and values in key export markets.”
According to Littleproud, a cross-industry partnership of members of the Red Meat Advisory Council (RMAC) will use the funds to support and promote the adoption of a paperless electronic health certification system in high-growth markets. This will draw their attention to Australia’s strong regulatory export system for halal red meat exports.
Additionally, a new cultural exchange program for young cattle farmers will strengthen international relationships, while a sheep meat export strategy will help producers better understand market demands to maximize returns.
Red Meat Advisory Council CEO Alastair James said Australia’s red meat market expansion program would help capitalize on recent trade wins, such as the Economic and Trade Cooperation Agreement between the Australia and India, which eliminates 30% tariffs on mutton, and Australia-Free Trade Agreement with the United Kingdom.
“Our red meat market expansion program will complement and build on Meat and Livestock Australia’s three new business development consultants recruited locally in South East Asia and the Middle East/North Africa,” said said James.
“The grant will help reduce non-tariff trade barriers and increase understanding and recognition of the value of Australian red meat exports as we aim to double sales by 2030. , supported by industrial programs, will reduce the burden on businesses. including loss of shelf life pending paper certification. »