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The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources is inviting farming businesses and organisations looking to undertake projects and trade missions to boost the agricultural trading relationship between Australia and China.

Funding applications are now open through the Australia-China Agricultural Cooperation Agreement (ACACA) program.

The program is aimed at strengthening Australia’s $12.7 billion two-way agricultural trade relationship with China.

Department Deputy Secretary David Parker says agricultural trade and investment with China continues to be of vital importance to Australia.

He says both countries share a strong history of working together to exchange skills and information to promote agricultural cooperation.

“The ACACA programme has laid a strong foundation which has now been used strategically to develop new opportunities presented by the China–Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA),” he says.

“ChAFTA eliminates tariffs on key commodities where there is growing demand—like beef, sheep meat, hides and skins, dairy, horticulture, wine and seafood—which is making Australian exports more attractive to Chinese importers and consumers.

“2017’s ACACA programme will continue to provide two streams of funding, covering projects and trade missions in priority areas, including e-commerce innovation, sustainable agricultural technology, sanitary and phytosanitary training, agricultural products processing and commodity production research.”

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