Western Australian agriculture has scored a major coup with the relocation of one of the world’s largest farmers co-operatives’ Australian headquarters to Perth, Agriculture and Food Minister Kim Chance said today.
Mr Chance welcomed the organisation ZEN-NOH and its trading arm UNICOOPJAPAN, which had moved their Australian headquarters from Sydney to Perth, enhancing the State’s reputation as an international supplier of quality food and other agricultural produce.
“WA is the envy of the world because we can supply reliable, safe, quality grain to Japan, which is the most discerning grain market in the world,” he said.
“This organisation has realised the benefits of relocating their business to be in close contact with their main suppliers and growers.
“Their move to WA will strengthen ties with one of our major trading partners, and opens the way for more business in the future.”
UNICOOPJAPAN (Australia) Pty Limited was established in Sydney in 1977, primarily to purchase raw materials for export to Japan and to co-ordinate export operations.
The Minister said Japan was one of the largest agri-product markets for WA.
“Japan provides a very stable market with an emphasis on quality. It is also an expanding market, with the export barley business of ZEN-NOH/UNICOOPJAPAN growing over 300,000 tonnes per year,” he said.
“This new Perth office will play an important role in the further development of their business, which certainly, in turn, will benefit WA agriculture.
“ZEN-NOH/UNICOOPJAPAN deals with feed barley, wheat, canola, oats, lupin, cottonseed, milk products and live cattle (dairy and feeder steers). Barley, wheat, canola, oats, and lupin are mostly exported from WA.”
Mr Chance paid tribute to the Grainpool, which he said had built good personal relationships during the past 40 years with Zen-Noh/UnicoopJapan.
“This relationship has been very important in facilitating the opening of the new Perth office and increasing Western Australian agribusiness with Japan,” he said.
“I was very pleased to meet senior executives of both organisations in Perth this week, including the senior general manager of ZEN-NOH, Mr Shigeru Nishibaba; the president of UNICOOPJAPAN, Mr Yoshio Iso; and the branch manager of UNICOOPJAPAN Perth, Mr Mike Karube.
“WA is now well positioned to build on an already successful market relationship with ZEN-NOH and UNICOOPJAPAN. It is a relationship which should strengthen with the further development of our agri-product business.”
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