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Australian agriculture within China

The University of Queensland is leading a collaborative project to assist Australian agricultural organisations refine and improve their trade strategies toward China.

A team led by UQ’s Associate Professor Scott Waldron, will partner with the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS) and the University of Southern Queensland (UniSQ) to conduct seminars for Australian and Chinese organisations in the beef, dairy and feed sectors.

Dr Waldron said the project would enable organisations to build new links with China and explore areas of common interest.

“It is our biggest meat export market, our largest wool export market, and was – until recent sanctions were introduced and subsequently lifted – our biggest barley and wine export market, said Waldron.

“While trade barriers and geo-political tensions have reduced this trade, China will remain a predominate player in the future of Australian agricultural exports.

The seminars are designed to assist Australian agriculture in understanding and navigating the new trade landscape.

Dr Waldron said it was important that Australia’s agriculture sector was equipped with the information to properly assess both the opportunities and the risks of trading with China.

The University of Southern Queensland’s associate professor Ben Lyons said policy intelligence was lacking in the Australia-China context, but this project would go a long way towards bridging that gap.

The project is co-led by Dr Zhang Jing from UQ’s China Agricultural Economics Group. The project is supported by the National Foundation for Australia-China Relations. UQ is a National Foundation for Australia-China Relations grant recipient.

For more information, visit the National Foundation for Australia-China Relations website.

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