Monday, May 20, 2024

WA-first delegation spearheads UK agricultural trade talks

Minister for Agriculture and Food, Jackie Jarvis, is leading the first WA delegation of its kind to the United Kingdom, which includes some of the state’s major sheep meat and cattle producers.

The Minister (pictured) says the purpose of the ‘red meat mission’ is to establish strong relationships with UK market buyers and unlock new trade opportunities for WA farmers.

“WA is renowned for its mining exports, but our State is also an agricultural powerhouse,” she said.

“We produce some of the finest quality meat in the world and the Cook Government is working hard to unlock new trade opportunities for our farmers.

“This red meat mission will provide some of our local meat companies with the rare chance to connect face-to-face with international buyers.”

During the seven-day mission, Minister Jarvis will lead two WA sheep meat companies on a tour of the Smithfield Market, one of the largest wholesale meat markets, in Europe and meet with traders and buyers.

Fletcher International Exports, V & V Walsh and Pardoo Wagyu are looking to leverage the favourable provisions within the Australia-UK Free Trade Agreement to establish or enhance their presence in the UK market.

“As a result, we could soon see more chilled sheep and beef meat on international supermarket shelves or served for Sunday roast at pubs across the UK,” said Ms Jarvis.

“An increased demand for our agricultural products will mean more local jobs and stronger regional economies.”

The delegation will have the opportunity to meet with local experts to further understand overseas supply chains and market entry requirements.

Minister Jarvis is also set to meet with the Minister of State for Food, Farming and Fisheries, the Right Honourable Mark Spencer MP, as well as the British Meat Processors Association, the International Meat Traders Association and Meat and Livestock Australia.

In addition, the delegation will attend the International Food & Drink event (IFE) in London, which will serve as a hub for more than 27,000 buyers for the UK’s entire food, drink, and hospitality supply chain – including stakeholders from Tesco, Marks & Spencer and British Airways.

The Cook Government will have a stand at the event to support WA’s agrifood businesses to showcase their products to global buyers.

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