Dubai: The Australian state of Victoria has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Oman on food production, research and development and education.
The agreement was signed by Victoria’s Minister for Agriculture and Food Security, Peter Walsh, and Oman’s Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Fuad Jaffer Al Sajwani.
“Oman is very wisely focused on its future food security and is looking to Victoria not only for more food but for expertise in water management and for partnerships in agribusiness,” Walsh stated.
Exports of Victorian food and fibre to Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region increased 15 per cent in 2012-13 to A$1.25 billion. The Australian financial year starts on July 1 and ends on June 30.
Walsh stated that the MoU will give Oman greater access to Victoria’s research capacity, agronomic expertise and agribusiness know-how, leading to long-term productivity benefits that will help to safeguard the country’s food security.
Walsh is in Oman as part of a “Victorian government super trade mission” to boost economic ties with the region.
Last week, Walsh visited the UAE with fellow senior Victorian government politician, Louise Asher. The Victorian politicians are leading a trade delegation to the region, including a number of companies to the regional food and beverage exhibition, Gulfood.