如果有能够促进澳大利亚和中国农业贸易合作的项目，澳大利亚农业企业可以向政府申请资助。补贴资金由“中澳农业合作协议”项目（Australia China Agricultural Cooperation Agreement ，ACACA）提供。
Agricultural Trade with China, $ grants can help!
We hope the Australian Government is on the right road to foster more agricultural business by way of a new grants scheme.
Australian agricultural businesses can apply for funding for projects which grow agricultural trade cooperation between Australia and China. The grant money is provided under the Australia China Agricultural Cooperation Agreement (ACACA) program.
New Minister on ACACA?
The new Federal Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, David Littleproud, said this year’s, 2018 ACACA program will focus on advanced agriculture technologies, water in agriculture, eCommerce innovation, science and technology, food safety, animal husbandry, farming sustainably and exploring niche markets.
These grants fund projects including technical exchanges, staff secondments, working groups, training programs, research and development, feasibility studies and information exchanges, Minister Littleproud said.
It gives businesses the chance to network in China and create new customers over there.
Previously, these grants helped grow the market for Australian raisins and sultanas by funding Dried Fruit Australia’s trade mission to China, it helped to establish the Australia China Sustainable Agricultural Technology Forum in Tasmania and gave funding to the ABC’s Landline program to promote opportunities and benefits under ChAFTA.
Your journalist would like to point out that the ABC has been less than consistent in its coverage of the Australia China relationship and even more inconsistent in the coverage of ChAFTA. The ABC’s argument is generally one about even-handedness of coverage, but that should be with a background on facts and national perspective, after all the ABC is publicly funded. Considered should also be the progressive change in the relationship and the need to not just think short term but also consider the medium and long term.
The ACACA has been a key part of Australia’s bilateral trade relationship for more than three decades. A fact that makes it even more important that it can show more consistent progress and get enthusiastic participation.
Applications open 13 February 2018 and close on 13 March 2018!
Here is some history followed by the official aims and objectives. The Australia China Agricultural Cooperation Agreement (ACACA) is a treaty level agreement between the Australian and Chinese governments designed to develop Australia’s agriculture and agricultural trading relationship with China. The ACACA program operates under this agreement as an ongoing, competitive grant program, with calls for applications every year.
China is Australia’s largest export market for agricultural, fisheries and forestry products, worth almost $11.8 billion in 2016-17. The ACACA program helps our farming, fishing and forestry industries unlock the new opportunities afforded through the China Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA).
The ACACA program objectives are to promote bilateral cooperation in agriculture between Australia and China; develop the agriculture trading relationship; exchange scientific information to enhance cooperation and develop linkages between Australia and China.
Funding priorities are set every two calendar years as agreed by the Chinese and Australian governments. Grant opportunities will occur at least once per year subject to funding availability. Priorities and target areas of cooperation may be reviewed before each grant opportunity.
The agreed funding priorities for 2018 and 2019 are:
· eCommerce innovation
· science and technology cooperation
· sustainable agricultural technology
· post-harvest storage and waste
· sanitary and phytosanitary training
· agricultural products processing
· animal husbandry
· food safety
· trade and investment cooperation
· commodity production research
· exploration of niche markets
· advanced agriculture technologies
· water in agriculture.
The ACACA funds projects and trade missions that support the objectives of the Agreement
align with one or more of the funding priorities, provide flow-on benefits for the applicant, project participants and the applicant’s broader industry or sector.
Activities that may qualify for project funding include technical exchanges, attendance at conferences, working groups, training programs, workshops, feasibility studies and many more.
Expenses that may qualify for trade mission funding include airfares, translation services in advance of the mission, single-entry visas into China, travel insurance and small daily allowances (at the Australian government allowance rate).
Previous ACACA-funded projects include a trade mission to the China Fruit and Vegetable Trade Fair in Beijing to expand market opportunities for premium Australian dried grape products.
An Australia-China Sustainable Agricultural Technology Forum in Tasmania for research and development on natural resource management, sustainable agriculture and technology.
The introduction and demonstration of e-Bale technology, a tracking system for wool bales, to the Chinese wool industry and to exchange information related to the potential of the technology.
A capacity building project on emerging animal diseases of global importance to support bilateral trade in livestock and their products.
The promotion of opportunities and benefits under ChAFTA for a media program
The development of bilateral applications of new spatial and digital technologies for cropping between Australia and China.
Given these examples there should be no shortage of applications one would think.
What is your take, will this grant scheme bring more success or does it need to be overhauled?
A. Good Grant examples?
B. Average grant examples?
C. Bad grant examples?
D. Too small time?
E. Makes no difference?
F. Money wasted?
Please leave a comment to explain your stance!