Three new non-government members have been appointed to the Indonesia Australia Partnership on Food Security in the Red Meat & Cattle Sector.
The three appointments are David Foote, Group Managing Director of Australian Country Choice; Liz Ritchie, General Manager of Strategy and Partnership, Regional Australia Institute; and Troy Setter, Chief Executive Officer of Consolidated Pastoral Company.
Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud said the experience and knowledge of the new members would boost the development of the red meat and cattle sectors in both nations.
“I look forward to seeing David, Liz and Troy make their mark on this important partnership,” Minister Littleproud said.
“Their experience in cattle breeding and management, as well as exports, processing, transport and logistics make them great choices.
“Over the past five years, the partnership has spent around $17.75 million on processing, breeding and logistics projects.
“That spending is improving industry engagement, the exchange of technical expertise, better animal welfare and trade outcomes for Australia.
“I would like to thank the outgoing members—Ken Warriner, Terry Nolan, Garry Stark, John Ackerman and Jacqui Cannon—for their valuable contributions.”
The Partnership is a joint agreement between heads of government, underpinned by a $60 million fund established in 2013–14 with funding over 10 years to 2023.
An additional $0.5 million per year of administered funding for the partnership to 2021–22 was included in the 2018–19 Budget and will be used to cover future partnership projects.
As of October 2018 approximately $17.75 million has been spent on partnership projects relating to the priority areas of processing, breeding, logistics and skills development.
Indonesia is Australia’s sixth largest market for agricultural, food, fisheries and forestry exports worth $3.4 billion in 2017.
For more information on the Indonesia–Australia Partnership on Food Security in the Red Meat and Cattle Sector visit redmeatcattlepartnership.org