RGA calls for continuing progress on rice market access

7 Oct 2015 8:59 AM -

The Ricegrowers' Association of Australia (RGA) today welcomed the inclusion of better rice access into Japan as part of the TPP agreement. The TPP will ensure access for 6,000 tonnes a year of Australian rice into Japan, increasing to 8,400 over time, and Japan will now allocate 60,000 tonnes of its WTO quota towards medium grain rice, Australia's major export type.

RGA Executive Director Andrew Bomm said that the government deserved credit for securing improved access for a range of agricultural products, including rice.

"A trade agreement involving twelve countries is no easy thing to achieve. There are important gains for Australian agriculture in this agreement and the government should take credit for its role."

"The gains for rice in this agreement are modest but at least it is a start. The Australian rice industry was excluded from the Japanese, Korean and Chinese trade agreements so this is welcome news."

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