The longstanding agricultural cooperation between Australia and China was highlighted at the inaugural Australia-China State-Province Agricultural Business Forum held on 12 September 2017.
The NAB Rural Commodities Index fell to a 15 month low in September 2017, on the back of a high Australian dollar, retreating grain prices, and weakness in cattle prices.
Under the leadership of the Federal Government, Australian agriculture has emerged as the fastest growing sector and the largest contributor to national GDP growth in 2016-17, cementing its position as one of the economic powerhouses driving the nation.
Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister, Luke Hartsuyker, returned to Australia after a successful visit promoting Australian agricultural products and linking Australian agricultural exporters to Indian importers.
Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister, Luke Hartsuyker, visited a processing facility and supermarket, to explore opportunities for Australian exporters during his visit to New Delhi as part of Australia Business Week in India (ABWI).
Work has begun on a fast-tracked election commitment to upgrade the Berrimah Export Yards, with a civil works contract awarded to a NT company.
An Australian agribusiness delegation has met with Indian agri-food industry representatives to gain new insights and perspectives on agriculture and trade.
Funding will soon flow for a project to modernise water infrastructure in Victoria's Macalister Irrigation District, creating 208 jobs during construction and 100 long term jobs, with the Australian and Victorian governments agreeing to a schedule for delivery of the project.