Consuls-general come to see the region

Department of Primary Industries director-general Scott Hansen and Japanese vice-consul Nobuhisa Tsuchiya.
Department of Primary Industries director-general Scott Hansen and Japanese vice-consul Nobuhisa Tsuchiya.

GROWING produce in a wider area and making meat last longer were some of the key research areas shared with 14 overseas representatives at the Orange Agricultural Institute.

The consuls-general and trade commissioners represented nations from Europe to Asia, including Austria, Canada, China, the Czech Republic, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, The Netherlands, New Zealand and Saudi Arabia.

Department of Primary Industries director-general Scott Hansen said the agricultural industry relied on foreign investment, as well as knowledge on supply chains and clients’ tastes to ensure their expectations were met.

“One of the key pieces is the plant genetics and plant breeding program, which has seen the development of cultivars for chickpeas, which have enabled chickpeas to be grown in a far wider distribution across NSW,” he said.

“On the livestock side, we’ll be talking about the work we’re doing in shelf life technology to extent the shelf life of our beef and lamb products to make sure they remain fresh and safe for overseas customers.”

The delegation started the trip in Parkes on Monday, followed by Dubbo and Orange on Tuesday and Bathurst on Wednesday. 

Dutch consul-general Rolf Karst said several Dutch companies wanted to invest in the Central West.

“Working from Sydney, you don’t get to that spend much time in a region unfortunately, so for us to be able to come out here and visit all the places has been really helpful,” he said. 

Western NSW parliamentary secretary Rick Colless said it had enabled representatives to connect with NSW businesses and government departments.

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