Minister for Primary Industries Nathan Guy is heading out to China tonight, leading an agribusiness trade mission.
The trip is formally hosted by the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture and the delegation will visit Beijing, Shanghai and the provinces of Inner Mongolia and Anhui.
“This is a valuable opportunity to match New Zealand agribusiness companies with business opportunities,” the Minister says.
The trip follows Prime Minister John Key’s visit to China in April, during which President Xi and Premier Li identified agricultural science and technology as among China’s priorities for further co-operation. The Chinese Minister of Agriculture Han Changfu visited New Zealand in April, signing the Strategic Plan on Promoting Agricultural Co-operation with Nathan Guy during the visit.
“New Zealand and China have a very strong trading relationship, particularly in meat and dairy products and this visit will build on that,” says Guy, adding that in April this year China overtook Australia to officially become New Zealand’s largest export market.
There are 13 members of the New Zealand trade delegation, including AsureQuality Ltd, CRV Ambreed New Zealand, Livestock Improvement Corporation, Fonterra Cooperative Group Limited, Institute of Environmental Science and Research Ltd (ESR), Gallagher Group Limited, MilkTest New Zealand, Taranaki Dairy Technologies, Landcorp, Massey University, and PGG Wrightson Seeds.
Nathan Guy will return to New Zealand on 7 July.