Queensland agricultural businesses and organisations interested in building trade ties with China can now apply to the 2019 Australia–China Agricultural Cooperation Agreement (ACACA) grants program.
The program provides grants for trade missions to China, and for other projects in Australia or China that promote agricultural trade between the two countries.
Up to $12,500 is available for trade missions, and up to $40,000 for other projects, with a total grant pool of $100,000.
Applications are due by Tuesday 30 April. This year’s funding priorities are:
- ecommerce innovation
- sustainable agricultural technology
- sanitary and phytosanitary training
- agricultural products processing
- science and technology cooperation
- commodity production research
- post-harvest storage and waste
- animal husbandry
- food safety
- trade and investment cooperation
- exploration of niche markets
- advanced agriculture technologies
- water in agriculture.
Proposed trade missions and other projects should be self-contained, not last longer than 12 months and preferably commence and conclude in 2019.
The ACACA program aims to promote bilateral cooperation between Australia and China, develop the agriculture trading relationship, and encourage the exchange of scientific information to enhance cooperation between Australia and China.
China is Queensland’s second-largest food export market, with agricultural commodity exports valued at $1.34 billion in 2017–2018.
Agricultural exports are identified as one of Queensland’s export strengths in the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.