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Australia : Grains partnership to drive future export success.

The Victorian Coalition Government and the Australian Export Grains Innovation Centre (AEGIC) have joined forces to help the grains industry take advantage of unprecedented demand from Asian and Middle Eastern markets.

Minister for Agriculture and Food Security Peter Walsh said the Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) and AEGIC would develop market intelligence and other key information to help the industry connect to crucial markets around the world and boost exports.

Under this agreement DEPI and AEGIC will provide the industry with information such as quality requirements of specific markets, crop yield and quality estimates, the emergence of new markets and niche opportunities, Mr Walsh said.

Providing this market intelligence to industry will work in combination with our market development activity and targeted research and development program to increase on-farm productivity and enhance our growers international competitiveness.

This will place Victoria in prime position to take advantage of rapidly growing international demand and will lead to more Victorian grain being exported around the world.

Mr Walsh said largely as a result of a dramatic rise in shipments to Asia and the Middle East in recent years, grain was now Victoria s most valuable agricultural export commodity, with an 18 per cent increase to $2.19 billion in 2012-13.

This unprecedented demand for grain presents significant opportunities for the industry and it s vital we provide our grains producers with the best possible information and assistance to make the most of that potential, Mr Walsh said.

AEGIC was established as a research, development and market intelligence organisation by the Western Australian Government and the Grains Research and Development Corporation to build national research capacity in areas vital to the export grains sector s success.

AEGIC Managing Director Richard Price said AEGIC s capability as a national centre of research excellence would complement DEPI s trade and investment activities.

The two agencies will work closely together on projects of mutual interest with the ultimate goal to return increased value to producers, Mr Price said.

The opportunity extends AEGIC s national footprint and in particular bolsters the team s knowledge in relation to pulses and Middle Eastern markets by drawing on DEPI s comprehensive knowledge in these areas.

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