Australia to boost mud-crab export to China

Source: Xinhua| 2019-03-28 13:46:17|Editor: Li Xia
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SYDNEY, March 28 (Xinhua) -- More Australian mud crabs will be exported to China thanks to a government fund supporting producers in the state of Queensland.

Australian Gulf Seafoods (AGS) were announced as a beneficiary of the Growing Queensland's Food Exports program on Thursday, allowing them to ship their catch from Australia's northern Gulf of Carpentaria to markets across Asia.

"Whether it's mud crabs, barramundi, grey mackerel or pomfret, Queenslanders know AGS only supplies the freshest and best," state Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner said.

"Word has clearly spread, because catch from the mangrove-lined waters of the Gulf of Carpentaria will soon be exported to China."

The state of Queensland is already Australia's largest producer of fruit and vegetables and the second largest producer of fruit and nuts, and is now set to make claims on the seafood business as well.

"The Asian market is a real game-changer for seafood producers because with increased demand of course comes increased supply," Furner said.

"So far, we've assisted macadamia, mango, melon, strawberry, sweet corn and pork producers to build their business capability to take advantage of opportunities to grow exports."