The Federal Minister for Agriculture, the Hon. Barnaby Joyce, was in Katherine on Friday 21st November 2014 to unveil the Strategic Export Plan for the Australian mango industry.
AMIA Chief Executive Officer Robert Gray invited Minister Joyce to meet with mango growers and see mango operations in the thick of the season first hand. Minister Joyce was joined by the Northern Territory Minister for Primary Industry and Fisheries, the Hon. Willem Westra van Holthe.
AMIA CEO Robert Gray thanked Minister Joyce for his strong support for the mango industry.
“Minister Joyce and AMIA share a vision of expanding the industry and increasing grower returns. The export plan shows that the industry is ready to capitalise on current and future market opportunities for the benefit of the whole industry and it is only fitting that it is announced by the Federal Minister for Agriculture,” he said.
The mango export plan aims to double mango exports over the next three years. It will drive profits for growers and identify market access opportunities so efforts can be directed to the most profitable markets.
“AMIA have been working closely with Minister Joyce and the Department of Agriculture to progress a work plan that will facilitate exports of Australian mangoes to the USA. We want to ensure that the working arrangements are viable and beneficial to the Australian mango industry and are confident that Australian mangoes will be traded to the USA this season. We will continue to work closely with the Department to expand international market access for Australian mangoes,” Mr Gray said
My Joyce was also instrumental in ensuring the PHA and EPPR levies weren’t withdrawn by the Senate and has been a strong voice for the agricultural sector in the negotiations for the free trade deals with Japan, Korea and more recently China.