March 25, 2014  |  Adjournment

Food Task Force

Raised with: Premier

Raised by: Mr Somyurek

Raised on: 6 February 2014

REPLY:

In response to the matter raised by Mr Adem Somyurek,
Member for South East Metropolitan, in relation to the activities and
initiatives of the Food and Agriculture into Asia Taskforce.

As the shadow minister is aware, I launched the
Victorian coalition government’s Food to Asia Action Plan, on 5 March, at the
opening breakfast of the International Food and Beverage Trade Week. The
taskforce played a key role in developing the strategy in partnership with
industry and government.

I encourage Mr Somyurek
to read the Food to Asia Action Plan which will enable a more profitable food
sector, create new and more sustainable jobs in Victoria and drive long-term
economic growth for the state.

The taskforce has also been involved in initiatives
aimed at developing opportunities for Victorian food and agricultural
businesses. For example:

- providing advice to the Victorian government on
the opportunities and challenges facing Victoria’s food sector to increase
exports to Asian markets;

- identifying practical new actions to increase
exports for inclusion in the Food to Asia Action Plan;

- attending a number of ministerial industry
roundtables on dairy, horticulture and processed foods; and

- working with the government in an ongoing
capacity to promote the benefits of the action plan to industry and the general
public.

As Mr Somyurek
raised in his question, members of the taskforce also travelled with me to
China and Japan in 2013. The Taskforce members participated in the China super
trade mission to promote Victoria’s food and