The State Government has appointed trade officers in Singapore and India to build food export opportunities for Western Australia.
The new appointments by the Asian Market Success project are part of the $300 million Seizing the Opportunity Agriculture initiative, made possible by the State Government's Royalties for Regions program.
Agriculture and Food Minister Ken Baston said the appointments to Western Australian trade and investment offices would help identify potential value-adding, trade and investment opportunities for WA agriculture and food industries.
Natalie Tan, who joins the Singapore office as the food development manager, has more than 20 years' experience in the commodities, hotel and food and beverage business. Guruprasad Hegde joins the team in Mumbai, bringing experience in agriculture commodities and food-stuff trading, and related industries. The officers join a network of agrifood development officers in Indonesia, China and Dubai.
"Singapore is an important long term trading partner for Western Australia, providing growth opportunities for our food products due to its proximity, recognition of quality products and leverage into other Association of South-East Asian Nations' markets," Mr Baston said.
"With India's middle class expected to represent two thirds of its population in 2030, this market presents important opportunities for our premium food produce."
Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the State Government was committed to harnessing international trade opportunities for Western Australia's agriculture and food sector.
"This will contribute to a stronger and sustainable regional economy, bringing wider benefits to West Australians. Royalties for Regions is helping transform WA's agrifood industry by helping agricultural communities capitalise on the growing demand of the global food market," Mr Redman said.
In 2014-15, WA exported $150m of products to Singapore, including wheat, milk and carrots, and $62.5m to India, including oats and field peas
The Singapore and Mumbai WA trade and investment offices are managed by the Department of State Development
Agriculture and Food Minister's office - 6552 5400
Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700