Australian Dairy Farmers
It is with great pleasure that the industry welcomes a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with China, the world’s largest dairy import market. This long-term trade deal will enable Australian dairy to flourish and capitalise upon robust demand in the Chinese market.
Australian dairy has been a leading commodity in the negotiations with China, having campaigned long and hard for a positive outcome. On behalf of the industry’s peak body, the Australian Dairy Industry Council (ADIC), and Australian Dairy Farmers (ADF), I sincerely thank the Government and broader dairy community for their ongoing support throughout the negotiations.
We also greatly appreciate the transparency afforded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and the Minister for Trade and Investment, Andrew Robb’s office. We hope to see this FTA come into force quickly to allow the economic benefits to reach Australian producers, exporters and the broader community.
Trade liberalisation aside, ADF has also been active on the implementation of sound energy policy, urging the Federal Government to encourage downward pressure on electricity prices, increase uptake on energy efficient technologies, and improve the reliability of supply in a recent submission to the Energy Green Paper.
ADF also continues to work collaboratively with Dairy Australia (DA) to boost dairy farm productivity and sustainable business systems. The Sustainable Farm Profitability Report, to be released in December 2014, will provide data on the critical matters farmers can control to positively impact farm profitability.
November marks an eventful time of the year for the ADF team. Please look out for the ADF 2013-14 Annual Review to be released in the coming week, as we look to wrap up this reporting period on a high.