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Building Future Agricultural Leaders in Australia and Japan

Sector: Economic Diplomacy and Geopolitics

Country location: Japan

Grantee: National Farmers Federation

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Delegation from National Farmers Federation joined Trade Minister Ciobo on a visit to Tokyo's Ota markets. Credi: National Farmers Federation.

Project description

The purpose of this project is to support an ongoing relationship between next generation Australian and Japanese agricultural leaders. The visit by young Australian farmers representing grains, beef and rice sectors will familiarise them with this critically important agricultural market for Australia, Japanese culture, markets and supply chains.

Coinciding this visit with the visit by Australia's Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment will provide the farming leaders with first-hand experience of how the Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement (JAEPA - which entered into force in 2015) has delivered wide-ranging benefits for Australian exporters and Japanese consumers. Once fully implemented, 98 per cent of Australia's merchandise exports to Japan will be able to receive preferential access or enter duty-free under JAEPA.

The visit will seek to enable Australian and Japanese young farmers to share experiences on the benefits of the use of innovative technologies on the farm and identify opportunities to work collaboratively in this area. Australia and Japan share interests in innovative technologies including labour saving devices that can help address the challenge that both countries face: ageing farming populations.

Key dates: Young leaders delegation visit to Japan, 29 June to 5 July 2018

Australia-Japan Foundation grant offer: $6,500 (GST not included)

Last Updated: 9 November 2018
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