Article – Foreign Investors on Hunt for Aussie Farms

by 13 July 2015

5 July 2015 7 News

China is on the hunt for new food sources to feed its one and a half billion people and its central government has ordered $3 trillion be spent securing food and farmland overseas.

A significant share of that fortune is already flowing to Australia — a trend likely to increase with the signing of a Free Trade agreement with China last month.

The timing of the shopping spree couldn’t be [...]

Article – Trusting citizens is essence of reforms: PM Narendra Modi

by 13 July 2015

23 June 2015 The Economic Times

NEW DELHI: Trusting citizens, including the corporate ones, is the essence of reforms, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said, emphasising this is the basis for effecting the transition from ‘red tape’ to ‘red carpet’.

“The industry of red tape thrives on doubt. The road with the red carpet is built on trust,” he said here while releasing a book ‘Red Tape to Red Carpet… and then some’ authored by Gina Rinehart, Chairperson of the [...]

Article – China backs Northern Australia Asia foodbowl push

by 8 July 2015

18 June 2015 John Kerin Australian Financial Review

China has backed turning northern Australia in to a food bowl for Asia saying the free trade deal will aid Chinese investment in farms in the region.

In a briefing on the implications of the deal with Chinese and Australian media at the Chinese embassy in Canberra, Chinese Vice Minister of Commerce Wang Showen said Bejing saw opportunities in Australia’s north primarily in agriculture, food processing and infrastructure.

“Indeed [...]

Article – China backs northern Australia plan

by 8 July 2015

19 June 2015 Mark Ludlow and John Kerin Queensland Country Life

PRIME Minister Tony Abbott has pledged $1.2 billion in new money for roads and dams and relaxed visa requirements for backpackers and tourists as part of a package announced on Thursday in a bid to unlock the “economic powerhouse” in the north.

China has backed the deal saying its trade arrangement with Australia will facilitate Chinese investment in farms and infrastructure in the region [...]

Article – ‘Elite Chinese meat market beckons’

by 8 July 2015

13 June 2015 Andrea Crothers Queensland Country Life

BURGEONING opportunities for Queensland beef and lamb producers to leverage branded meat products in premium Chinese markets have been re-emphasised in a research report published by the University of Queensland.

The report, Premium Australian Meat in Chinese Food Service: A Study in Shanghai & Hong Kong, was delivered on Friday by six final-year UQ School of Agriculture and Food Sciences agribusiness students, who had completed the market [...]

Article – Port of Townsville poised as northern Australia development potential gathers momentum

by 17 June 2015

29 May 2015 Craig Zonca and Charlie McKillop ABC Rural

A record number of cattle being exported this year from the port of Townsville is only the beginning of a resurgence.

AUDIO: With an unprecedented focus on northern Australia, a panel discusses the potential for Townsville (ABC Rural)

Many hope the unofficial “capital of North Queensland” will cash in on a renewed focus on the development of northern Australia.

The Federal Government this month put up [...]

Audio – Wool price surges as Chinese processors desperately search for stock

by 17 June 2015

4 June 2015 Will Ockenden ABC News

The wool market has been rising slowly for a month or so now, and over the last week it has dramatically kicked into gear. The wool price is surging on the back of exporters reporting shortages of stock in the Chinese mills, and growing demand for wool products like knitwear.


MICHAEL BRISSENDEN: When you talk to a wool grower about how the market is going, you usually [...]

Article – West Australian producers set to secure dedicated aisle in Hong Kong supermarket

by 12 May 2015

5 May 2015 Bridget Fitzgerald ABC Rural

West Australian food producers are set to secure a dedicated aisle in a major Hong Kong supermarket following a ministerial trade visit.

Minister for Agriculture and Food Ken Baston met with representatives from Hong Kong chain 759 Store about stocking produce from WA.

Mr Baston said the Department of Agriculture and Food (DAFWA) could act as a facilitator for private deals between producers and retailers.

He said many [...]

Article – Live export, ESCAS, welfare, abattoirs and the future of the northern cattle industry

by 12 May 2015

27 March 2015 Matt Brann and Warwick Long ABC Rural

The temporary suspension of the live cattle trade to Indonesia in 2011 is still being felt by many producers across Australia’s north, but there’s some optimism in the air.

The current production environment is looking good, with high cattle prices, strong demand, extra markets, a new abattoir and a supportive government.

Hundreds of cattle producers from across the north are in Darwin this week for [...]

Article – North Queensland port breaks cattle export records

by 6 May 2015

23 April 2015 Eliza Rogers/Isobel Roe ABC Rural

North Queensland’s Townsville Port is continuing to crack its records for live cattle exports, but there is concern supply will struggle to keep up.

The port exported 207,000 head of cattle from July to the end of last week, which is already 6,000 more than the previous record-breaking financial year.

AUDIO: Port manager and grazier discuss record live cattle export shipments (ABC Rural)

And manager Claudia Brumme-Smith expects [...]