Seed Potato Farmers Victoria and South Australia secure access to Indonesian market
The new protocol for seed potato exports from Victoria and South Australia to Indonesia was signed on February 15, 2018 in Melbourne during the 21st Working Group on Agriculture, Food and Forestry Cooperation - allowing trade from these states to com
More than 300 seed potato farmers across South Australia and Victoria will be celebrating after last week’s breakthrough in securing new market access to Indonesia.The Australian Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, David Littleproud, said delivering this market access would provide opportunities for seed potato farmers to now compete in premium markets with the best produce the world has to offer. David Littleproud, Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources:“Agricultural trade is a priority for the Coalition Government and we are delivering, not just sitting around like couch potatoes on this issue.”“The export protocol has been on the boil for a while and today we finally got it over the line - this will take an industry with a current production value of $520.3 million, to new heights.”“Today’s signing paves the way for trade in seed potatoes from Victoria and South Australia to commence as soon as possible, whenever farmers are ready.”“This is a fantastic result for farmers in these two states—as major seed potato producers—and builds on current seed potato access for Western Australia.”“Australia and Indonesia have a strong bilateral partnership, with two-way trade worth $4.28 billion in 2016-17 in agriculture alone.”“Australia is a trading nation and we continue to support our farmers as they sell our premium produce for premium prices to overseas markets.”
Australia recently secured free-trade agreements with three significant export markets - Japan, Korea and China - and just signed the Peru-Australia Free Trade Agreement and recently concluded the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement.
Fuente: Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources