07/02/2006 - 08:19

WA innovation on show at world's largest farm expo

07/02/2006 - 08:19

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Western Australian agricultural companies Rinex Technology, Inland Sales & Service and Agtech International will be showcasing their expertise at the upcoming World Ag Expo being held in California from 14 to 16 February.

WA innovation on show at world's largest farm expo

Western Australian companies Rinex Technology, Inland Sales & Service and Agtech International will be showcasing their expertise at the upcoming World Ag Expo being held in California from 14 to 16 February.

The event will provide Australia's agriculture industry with unprecedented exposure to the US and global agribusiness industry.

Austrade will host 26 of Australia's most innovative agribusinesses at the Australian Pavilion - the largest presence of any foreign country at the show.

The 38th World Ag Expo is the largest farm show in the world with 1,600 exhibitors from 60 countries displaying the latest in agricultural equipment, technology, products and services to an audience of more than 150,000 visitors.

Austrade's agriculture team leader and trade commissioner in Chicago Ian Smith said that Australia is world renowned for its innovative technology and solutions in the agribusiness sector.

"There are extensive opportunities for Western Australian agribusinesses in America as total US farm production expenditures reached $260 billion in 2004."

"Australian agricultural producers are some of the most efficient in the world, due largely to their readiness to adopt cutting edge technologies developed by home-grown companies," Mr Smith said.

"The Australian Pavilion at World Ag Expo gives these companies the opportunity to showcase their products and services to key decision makers in the world's largest agriculture market."

"The breadth of companies represented at the Expo, promoting everything from fertiliser to Radio Frequency Identification technologies, reflects the diversity of internationally competitive agribusinesses that exist in Australia," said Mr Smith.

As part of Austrade's comprehensive package of business and support services to participants, the Australian pavilion will provide participating companies from across Australia the chance to showcase their expertise to the thousands of US and international buyers and potential business partners that are expected to attend.

"There has never been a better time for these and other Australian companies to crack the US market. The Australia-United States Free Trade Agreement has opened doors that were previously closed for our agribusinesses. Around 66 per cent of tariffs on Australian agricultural products entering the US are now zero," said Mr Smith.

Austrade provides extensive support for Australian exporters in the US market with representation in 18 US cities, seven specialist industry teams and a dedicated network of US Export Advisers around Australia.

 

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