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AGRIBUSINESS | Staff Reporter, Hong Kong

Hong Kong to boost agriculture opportunities in Australia

Hong Kong delegates joined the Aussies' agri convention.

According to a report, Australia’s Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Joe Ludwig met up with the agribusiness delegate from Hong Kong at the 2013 AUSVEG convention on the Gold Coast of Queensland. AUSVEG National Convention, Trade Show and Awards for Excellence just took place on the first weekend of June.

It is one of Australia’s most important horticultural industry events. This year, delegates from twelve different nations attended, including 20 internationally renowned chefs. The convention is designed to attract produce suppliers from around the world for establishing ways to tap into foreign markets as well as to facilitate trade opportunities.

A delegation from Hong Kong was invited by AUSVEG to tour Australia on a reverse trade mission. The Hong Kong delegate is comprised of major importers and distributors of conventional and organic produce. 

The reverse trade mission focused on promoting Australian grown produce to agribusinesses of Hong Kong, in effort to encourage trade relations between the two countries.

Before connecting with Minister Ludwig, the Hong Kong delegation was also welcomed by AUSVEG Chairman, John Brent and CEO, Richard Mulcahy. AUSVEG represents Australia’s horticultural industry, which is highly interested in exporting good quality Australian grown produce to Hong Kong.

While in Australia, Hong Kong agribusiness representatives toured several vegetable farms and visited wholesale markets including Brisbane Produce Market and the Melbourne Wholesale Market.

The delegates also met with representatives from Trade and Investment Queensland and from the Department of State Development of the Victorian Government Business Office.

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