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The Australian Government is encouraging agri-businesses across the nation to apply for funding under the Australia–China Agricultural Cooperation Agreement (ACACA) program for projects that improve agricultural trade cooperation between the two nations.

For more than 30 years, ACACA has played a key role in Australia’s bilateral trade relationship with the PRC.

In 2018, it is offering AU$50,000 in grant money.

“These grants fund projects including technical exchanges, staff secondments, working groups, training programs, research and development, feasibility studies and information exchanges,” explained the Minister of Agriculture and Water Resources David Littleproud on 31 January 2018.

“It gives businesses the chance to network in China and create new customers over there.”

Forging trade links with Asia: NSW Department of Primary Industries senior principal research scientist, David Hopkins, with students at China's prestigious Shandong Agricultural University, where he has been awarded the role of adjunct professor.
Forging trade links with Asia: NSW Department of Primary Industries senior principal research scientist, David Hopkins, with students at China’s prestigious Shandong Agricultural University.
NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI)

Areas of focus: 2018 ACACA program grants

Minister Littleproud said this year’s ACACA program will focus on projects that foster Australia-China collaboration in areas including:

  • advanced agriculture technologies;
  • water in agriculture;
  • e-commerce innovation;
  • science and technology;
  • food safety;
  • animal husbandry;
  • farming sustainably; and
  • exploring niche markets.
Shanghai supermarket shoppers: projects and trade missions that encourage agricultural knowledge exchange and trade between Australia and China are eligible for ACACA funding.
Shanghai supermarket shoppers: projects and trade missions that encourage agricultural knowledge exchange and trade between Australia and China are eligible for ACACA funding.
lgao, Flickr CC

“Previously, these grants helped grow the market for Australian raisins and sultanas by funding Dried Fruit Australia’s trade mission to China; helped to establish the Australia-China Sustainable Agricultural Technology Forum in Tasmania; and gave funding to the ABC’s Landline program to promote opportunities and benefits under ChAFTA,” Minister Littleproud noted.


“ACACA grants to grow ag trade cooperation with China”, Aginnovators.org.au, 2018. [Online]. Available: http://www.aginnovators.org.au/news/acaca-grants-grow-ag-trade-cooperation-china. [Accessed: 06- Feb- 2018].