WA and China sign live cattle export pact

Image credit: Flickr User: NDSU Ag Communication

West Australian live cattle exporters and Chinese business representatives have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which is expected to open up the Chinese market to West Australian cattle producers.

Image credit: Flickr User: NDSU Ag Communication
Image credit: Flickr User: NDSU Ag Communication

According to the article on PerthNow, the MoU dictates clarification of Australian and Chinese animal health and welfare protocols, paving the way for the export of live cattle from the state.

“WA has a long and proud history of producing premium quality, safe agricultural products and exporting them around the world,” WA Agriculture and Food Minister Ken Baston said.

“Our ability to grow more food than required by our domestic market has led to producers looking to develop new markets overseas. China is Australia’s top export destination for agriculture and food products.”

Mr Baston said demand for beef in China has increased due to the country’s economic growth, the rapidly-expanding middle class and the decline in domestic production.

According to him, Chinese businesses have shown great interest to secure supply of boxed beef and potentially live exports.

Last year in October, Premier Colin Barnett witnessed the signing of a MoU with WA’s sister state Zhejiang province for new trade arrangements, including live cattle.

Mr Baston said the Zhejiang agreement had provided the basis for the MoU signed on Wednesday and would assist future work with other provinces in China.