A delegation of agricultural representatives will make a 12-day reconnaissance mission to the European Union (EU) and the United Kingdom (UK) next week to explore new market pathways and to strengthen ties in the region.
National Farmers Federation president Fiona Simson said the UK’s exit from the EU represented opportunities for Australian exports and the delegation was about laying the groundwork to realise these.
“On behalf of ‘team Australian agriculture’, our brief is to better acquaint ourselves with the British and European markets from a farmer’s perspective,” Ms Simson said.
The delegation comes ahead of the commencement of formal Government-led trade negotiations and will comprise representatives from across the farm sector.
Ms Simson said a focus would be on establishing an industry-to-industry dialogue.
“Our aim is to identify and formalise relationships with EU and UK industry associations that have common interests with Australian producers.
The delegation is an initiative of, and, funded by, the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources under the Agricultural Trade and Market Access Cooperation program.
The group will attend Green Week in Berlin, which is known as ‘The Davos of Agribusiness’; meet with Australian Ambassadors and High Commissioners, peak agricultural bodies, European and British agribusiness and industry associations.
The delegation will also tour the Rothamstead Research Institute, the Port of Rotterdam and nearby horticulture production facilities with Assistant Agriculture Minister Anne Ruston.
The delegation’s findings will be delivered through a series of seminars, beginning with a presentation at WA Farmers’ annual conference in March.
- Fiona Simson, NFF president
- Tony Hegarty, NFF board member and Cattle Council of Australia vice president
- John Wallace, Sheep Producers Australia
- Terry Richardson, Australian Dairy Farmers, President
- Luke Mathews, Grain Growers Limited, Trade Manager
- Warren Males, Canegrowers head of economics
- Emma Germano, Victorian Farmers Federation Horticulture president
- Alison Horswill, export and supply chain consultant
- Rachel Nicoll, NSW Farmers Association
- Maximiliane Hanft, NFF policy officer
- Scott Kompo-Harms NFF, trade and economics general manager