A delegation from Thailand is examining trade and investment opportunities in the Western Australian beef sector, as part of a five day visit facilitated by Department of Agriculture and Food’s Northern Beef Futures (NBF) project.
Department grains and livestock executive director Peter Metcalfe said the delegation is interested in visiting Western Australia based on its geographically diverse production system, established capability in live exports and reputation for processing high quality export boxed beef.
The delegation includes commercial interests from the supply chain and Thailand Government representatives including the Ambassador to Australia and the Thailand Board of Investment.
The visit follows livestock missions to Thailand by representatives from NBF and the Western Australian private sector during the past two years.
The group will travel to the North West and meet with producers on pastoral stations to view cattle, export loading facilities in Broome, production systems and NBF mosaic agriculture trials.
The delegation will also visit saleyards and quarantine facilities around Perth and export facilities in Fremantle.
The State’s beef cattle exports to Thailand have risen steadily during the past five years. Future growth is forecast due to recently established protocols for feeder cattle and planned tariff reductions for boxed beef under the Thailand-Australia Free Trade Agreement.
Mr Metcalfe said this visit was part of broader project work by NBF to facilitate the establishment of new markets and develop integrated supply chains for the WA beef industry.
Northern Beef Futures is a four-year project funded by the State Government’s Royalties for Regions program. It aims to transform the northern beef sector to become a more prosperous, sustainable and resilient pastoral industry through market diversity and improved business models and supply chains.
Mr Metcalfe said the NBF project aims to develop new market options and innovative business models which are transformational for the Western Australian cattle industry.