The Minister for Primary Industries Willem Westra van Holthe and the Minister for Trade Peter Chandler met with representatives from Vietnam last week, to reconfirm the NT s commitment to live export trade relations.THOUSANDS of Territory cattle could soon be bound for Vietnam, after a shipment of 1500 animals departed for the Asian export partner on Thursday last week.
The shipment came only days after the Minister for Primary Industry Willem Westra van Holthe and Minister for Trade Peter Chandler announced 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,” he said.
“It’s fantastic news the Territory has tapped into this new market.”
On Thursday, 1500 head of cattle left for Vietnam 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 1500 is expected to be negotiated before the end of the year,” Mr Westra van Holthe said.
Last week the Primary Industries Minister and the Minister for Trade met with Nguyen Quang Trung, the Deputy Head of Mission of the Embassy of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, to reconfirm the Territory Government’s commitment to this trade relationship.
Mr Chandler said his government would continue to work with their Vietnamese counterparts, importers, exporters, the NT Cattlemen’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,” he said.
Ahead of the livestock shipment’s arrival in Vietnam, a delegation travelled 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.
Shadow minister for primary industry Kon Vatskalis said he was pleased more cattle are being exported to Vietnam as a follow-up to the first successful shipment of cattle to the country last year.
Mr Vatskalis reminded the CLP Government of the “importance of working constructively with the Vietnamese Government to strengthen animal husbandry and welfare”.
“A thousand cattle were exported to Vietnam last year and the Labor government ensured representatives from the Department of Resources were on the ground in Vietnam during the unloading of the first shipment,” Mr Vatskalis said.
“Department representatives had also travelled to Vietnam prior to exportation to ensure the Hai Phong abattoir met Australian standards.
“Departmental staff continued to provide technical advice on feedlot management and animal husbandry as part of the Labor government’s commitment to open new markets for live cattle export from the Northern Territory.
“It is imperative that the CLP maintain the high level of standard and care adopted by the previous government to ensure safety standards and animal welfare standards continue to be met.”
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