20 January, 2015
Australian agricultural opportunities were successfully promoted during a week-long trade mission to India as part of the Australian Business Week in India (ABWI) last week.
Senator Richard Colbeck, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture, represented Australian agriculture at ABWI. The event was attended by about 450 people including representatives of Australia's food, beverage, fibre and textile industries, and the Australian and Indian governments.
"It was a real privilege to be involved in discussions that will give Australian exporters, our food and beverage, and innovative agricultural technology companies an opportunity to engage with the important trade market in India," Senator Colbeck said.
"India is a significant and rapidly developing market - it was worth over $675 million in Australia's agricultural, fishery and forestry exports in 2013-14. There is an opportunity to assist with development and then expand with the growth of the market.
"Tapping into overseas business environments can be daunting and the Australian Government understands this. We remain committed to assisting our primary industries to help build Australia's reputation as a reliable and consistent exporter of quality food and fibre."
Senator Colbeck attended high-level meetings with key industry members and participated in forums and bi-lateral talks on future opportunities for agriculture, textile, food and grocery trade.
"I was fortunate to speak at a number of key events to promote Australia's food and beverage and dairy industries. I heard with interest about India's national dairy plan and was able to reinforce how Australia can be a partner in helping achieve these goals," Senator Colbeck said.
"We have demonstrated that Australia is open for business and it is my aim to build on the relationships generated through this visit and to enhance existing relations within the business community in India.
"We have a real opportunity to expand trade both ways and I believe our trade relationship can continue to strengthen and grow beyond ABWI - to the mutual benefit of farmers and producers in Australia, and farmers, producers and consumers in India."
Australian Business Week in India agricultural activities were hosted across the major cities of New Delhi, Mumbai and Ahmedabad from 10-16 January.