AUSTRALIA has secured market access for Aussie lamb to India.
Trade Minister Craig Emerson and Agriculture Minister Joe Ludwig announced today that Australian lamb was being allowed into India free of quotas, based on Australia's compliance with India's food safety requirements.
Dr Emerson said he was advised Indians were developing a taste for renowned Australian lamb, and a number of Australian exporters were looking to this growing market.
"India's economic growth is creating a rapidly expanding middle class that is looking for quality products of the sort Australia readily provides," he said.
"India already has a middle class of around 170 million," he said.
As the Government has highlighted in its White Paper on Australia in the Asian Century, Asia will soon be home to most of the world's middle class.
"Working with India to have our lamb enter this massive market is exactly the sort of cooperation we are seeking with the countries of Asia to drive Australia's prosperity," Dr Emerson said.
Senator Ludwig said it was great news for Australian farmers.
"Australian farmers produce high quality lamb," Sen Ludwig said.
"I look forward to continuing to work with Australian producers and the trade minister to get the best results for Australian exporters."
Dr Emerson was in India last month for talks with his counterpart on the trade and investment relationship between the two countries.
India is Australia's fourth largest export market and the two-way trading relationship stands at around $18 billion.
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