Strengthening trade and cooperation with India
Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management Minister David Littleproud virtually met with India’s Minister of Agriculture and Farmer Welfare, Minister of Rural Development and Minister of Processing Industries Food, Narendra Singh Tomar, to discuss improving trade ties between the two countries.
“Today was an important meeting with Minister Tomar – it is a real testament to the strength of our bilateral relations that we have been able to meet today given the difficult situation of COVID-19 in India,” said Minister Littleproud.
“The key to this relationship is to develop and increase agricultural trade between our two great countries – even small gains can mean great value for Australian exporters.
“Last year we engaged in the India-Australia Grains Partnership, and through this we aim to support closer relationships with the grain industry and share our expertise.
“But it doesn’t just end with market access. Australians are experts in grain storage, handling and supply chains, and we want to share this knowledge with the world to help improve food security.
“Australia can be a partner of choice for India, offering our expertise and helping India manage fluctuations in its domestic grain supply.
“We are also working with our Indian partners to remove trade barriers and seek approval of improved market access conditions such as phosphine fumigation in transit for export products, which will provide more processing options. to Australian exporters.
“Access to safe and reliable food will be more important than ever as India and the world recover from COVID-19.
“We are proud to be able to play our part in improving the food security of one of our most important trading partners. “
- Australia’s bilateral agricultural trade with India was valued at over $ 1 billion in 2020. Australia’s top agricultural exports to India in 2020 were lentils, fat wool, almonds, raw cotton and oats.
- In 2020, Australia has made improvements in the market for in-transit cold processing of pome fruits, summer fruits and table grapes and phosphine processing of malt barley.
- Market improvements for Australian grains, pulses and nuts (phosphine fumigation) are currently being negotiated as well as market access for avocados.