Exports of Australian beef and veal have reached record highs with demand from China and the Middle East raising the monthly total in May above 100,000 tonnes for the first time.
Figures from the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry show that over 103,200 tonnes of veal and beef were shipped during May, which eclipsed the previous monthly record of 94,693 tonnes in November 2006.
Senator Joe Ludwig, Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry said that many Australian meat processors were working at full capacity to meet the rising demand.
“Food produced in Australia has a global reputation for its high quality,” Ludwig said.
“This is exactly the time to be investing more to capitalise on opportunities in new markets.”
Ludwig says that the Government’s National Food Plan which was unveiled last month, provides a roadmap for increased exports.
“We’re supporting local businesses with grants and extra agricultural counsellors in our overseas markets,” said Ludwig.
“Widening the range of export destinations for red meat makes Australian producers less vulnerable to market fluctuations around the world.”
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