Trade with Asia depends on online platforms: TSBE

EFFECTIVE online platforms will play a key role for Australian agricultural businesses wanting to trade successfully with Asia.

That's just some of the knowledge National Farmer's Federation chief executive officer Simon Talbot will share at the upcoming Ag in the Asian Century Conference in Toowoomba.

The event, an initiative of Toowoomba and Surat Basin Enterprise, will provide delegates with the knowledge and networks needed to capitalise on emerging business opportunities presented by the Asian Century.

Mr Talbot will discuss how online platforms will assist businesses gain momentum in the Asian market, as well as provide insights into plans to double Ag production in the next 15 years.

In light of the recent Agriculture Competitiveness White Paper, Mr Talbot believes there are a number of opportunities to grow Australian brand recognition and awareness.

"$100 million in R&D will allow industry to improve new technology and practices to make products more available and competitive," Mr Talbot said.

The Ag in the Asian Century Conference in Toowoomba is aiming to capitalise on emerging business opportunities presented by the Asian Century.
The Ag in the Asian Century Conference in Toowoomba is aiming to capitalise on emerging business opportunities presented by the Asian Century. Mike Knott

In addition, Mr Talbot said five new overseas agricultural counsellors to be appointed in accordance with the White Paper, will assist with implementing Free Trade Agreements Australia has signed over the last 12 months.

As an extensive contributor to food manufacturing and Asian Century policy, Mr Talbot also noted there is a significant opportunity for the development of a successful innovation hub to advance food manufacturing in Australia and into Asia.

However he believes key components such as a supply chain cooperative and a partnership between industry and government focused on innovation, trade and infrastructure, are essential.

The Ag in the Asian Century Conference, back by popular demand in 2015 following its highly successful debut last year, will kick-off on 22 September with a number of industry tours.

Official conference proceedings will be held at Toowoomba's Empire Theatre from 23 - 24 September. Conference Partner's for the event include NAB Agribusiness, the University of Southern Queensland, Bentley's and Holding Redlich.

To view the official program and register for the conference, visit agintheasiancentury.com.au - Early Bird discounts are currently available.


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