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Boosting NT cattle exports to Indonesia and Southeast Asia

The Northern Territory Cattlemen's Association will receive funding from the Rudd Government to help local producers develop their cattle exports into Indonesia and other Southeast Asia markets.

Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Tony Burke announced up to $107,500 to increase live exports to new markets.

“The livestock export industry plays a vital part in many rural communities and supports around 10,000 jobs in rural and regional Australia,” Mr Burke said.

“The beef industry, including live cattle, contributes 17 per cent to total Australian farm exports, ranking it the most valuable farm export in 2008-09.”

Australian live cattle exports were valued at $652 million in 2008-09.

The project is one of 14 to share in nearly $1.3 million from the Rudd Government to help Australia’s food and forest industries promote themselves to domestic and export markets.

Grants of between $50,000 and $750,000 are available to projects to boost industry marketing, research consumer habits and strengthen links with new and existing markets.

It is the second round of funding under the three-year Promoting Australian Produce initiative – a key election commitment for rural and regional industries.

by S. C.
06 april 2010, World News > Oceania