The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development is supporting Western Australia’s agrifood businesses to connect with new export markets to drive export opportunities and increase global competitiveness.
The department hosts trade delegations from countries all over the world including those in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region and Middle East, with a focus on targeted engagement between international buyers and export-ready businesses across the State.
This week, the department is hosting buyers from Thailand, who will have the opportunity to sample some of the State’s finest fresh produce on a tour of food businesses across the South West and Perth metropolitan area.
Department Agribusiness, Food and Trade Executive Director Liam O’Connell said WA’s premium seafood, beef, lamb, horticulture and dairy would be showcased.
Thailand is WA’s 12th largest agrifood export market in Asia, with $121 million of product exported in 2017-18.
Consumer demand is driving an increase of approximately 12 per cent annum in WA agrifood exports to Thailand.
“Targeted visits by international delegations provide a fantastic opportunity to promote the best of State’s high quality seafood, fresh produce and value-added products, and to start face-to-face discussions about potential market opportunities,” Mr O’Connell said.
“Earlier this year, the department hosted a delegation from the ASEAN region, with a number buyers having not previously visited WA.
“Linkages made between WA food businesses and these buyers have resulted in commercial arrangements being progressed, or having commenced, to supply premium agrifood products into the ASEAN region.
”They also give us the chance to showcase the full story of WA’s produce, including the connection with WA farmers and fishers.”
Jodie Thomson/Katrina Bowers, media liaison (08) 9368 3937