Northern Territory Minister for Primary Industry and Fisheries Willem Westra van Holthe
Mission To Increase NT Live Export Trade
Victor P Taffa
The Northern Territory Minister for Primary Industry and Fisheries Willem Westra van Holthe will lead a delegation to the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam to visit key livestock markets that have significant export potential for the Top End.
Minister Willem Westra van Holthe said it’s an important mission to increase trade and build on international relations.
“The Country Liberals Government is committed to expanding our live trade exports and this visit will go a long way to achieving that goal. We’re meeting with Government officials and industry representatives to promote the NT livestock industry.” Minister Westra van Holthe said.
“We’ve all worked hard to bring the live cattle export industry back from the brink of despair following Labor’s catastrophic ban on live exports in 2011.”
“This visit will strengthen relationships with our Asian neighbours, giving them confidence in the Northern Territory supply chain.”
“At the same time, we’re reducing the risk of relying on a single market and exploring options with emerging and growing markets such as Thailand and Vietnam.” Minister Westra van Holthe said.
The delegation will spend five days promoting the Northern Territory as a global supplier of choice for both cattle and buffalo.
Minister Westra van Holthe said the live export trade is worth around $230 Million to the Territory’s economy each year.
“In 2011 no-one would have predicted the success we’re seeing today. 2014 saw a record number of cattle exported through the Port of Darwin, with 494,000 head far exceeding the previous record of 365,000.” Minister Westra van Holthe said.
“It’s been possible purely through the hard work of both industry and government. It’s vital we keep that momentum going to ensure our live export trade continues to grow into the future.”