Northern Territory Minister for Primary Industry and Fisheries Willem Westra van Holthe
Northern Territory Minister for Trade Peter Chandler
Strengthening NT’s Livestock Partnership With Vietnam
Victor P Taffa
Minister for Primary Industry and Fisheries Willem Westra van Holthe today joined Minister for Trade Peter Chandler to announce a renewed focus on the livestock export market with Vietnam.
Mr. Westra van Holthe said further developing livestock export markets is an important step in ensuring the sustainability of the Territory’s pastoral sector.
“In the next two to three years, Vietnam could develop into a significant export market of more than 10,000 head of cattle each year this would see the market second only to Indonesia.” Mr. Westra van Holthe said.
“Its fantastic news the Territory has tapped into this new market that will see 1,500 head of cattle leave for Vietnam this week at a value of almost $1.5 Million.”
“Thursday’s shipment builds on a shipment of 945 cattle last September and a third shipment of 1,500 is expected to be negotiated before the end of the year.”
Yesterday, Mr. Westra van Holthe and Mr. Chandler met with Mr. Nguyen Quang Trung, Deputy Head of Mission of the Embassy of Socialist Republic of Vietnam, to reconfirm the Country Liberals Government’s commitment to this important trade relationship.
Mr. Chandler said the Mills Government will continue to work with our Vietnamese counterparts, importers, exporters, the NT Cattleman’s Association and the NT Livestock Exports Association to support the long term growth of this vital industry.
“The Mills Government is committed to broadening the Territory’s export base to make the pastoral sector more sustainable.” Mr. Chandler said.
Later this week, ahead of the livestock shipment’s arrival in Vietnam, a delegation will travel to Ho Chi Minh City to undertake training with local staff to ensure the welfare, animal handling and dietary needs of livestock comply with Federal Government regulations.