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Category: Oceania

Speech: Climate Change, Trade And Agriculture

| 04/11/2009 | Reply
Speech: Climate Change, Trade And Agriculture

A speech by Tim Groser, New Zealand politician, on the future of NZ agriculture.

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Marinova Leading The Way In Innovation

| 02/11/2009 | Reply
Marinova Leading The Way In Innovation

Marinova, is a Tasmanian
company using innovative methods to develop and market products for
which there is a large demand.
Since 2006,
Marinova’s Cambridge extraction facility has been developing medical
and nutritional applications from brown seaweed harvested in Tasmania,
Canada and Argentina.

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New standard to be issued for halal meat exports

| 21/10/2009 | Reply
New standard to be issued for halal meat exports

The New Zealand Food Safety Authority is close to issuing a new national export standard covering halal meat processed for Muslim markets.

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Victoria Keen On Malaysia As Springboard Into Region

| 07/10/2009 | Reply
Victoria Keen On Malaysia As Springboard Into Region

Australia’s Victorian state government is keen to make
Malaysia as a springboard into Southeast Asia by leveraging on good
relationships as well as the country’s highly skilled human resources.

Victorian government commissioner for Southeast Asia, Tim Dillon, said
Malaysia could also tap niche areas like the provision of halal
products.

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MEAT & Livestock Australia (MLA) appoints

| 29/09/2009 | Reply
MEAT & Livestock Australia (MLA) appoints

Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA), the
international marketing arm of Australian meat producers, has appointed
Mr. Lachlan Bowtell to the post of Regional Manager Middle East &
North Africa with the responsibility to maintain and increase the
Australian meat and livestock industries’ leading market positions
across the GCC, the Levant, Egypt and the Maghreb countries.

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Holista Biotech optimistic on RM20m sales this year

| 26/09/2009 | Reply
Holista Biotech optimistic on RM20m sales this year

HOLISTA Biotech Sdn Bhd, a local biotechnology company, expects to
register about RM20 million in sales this year, driven by its existing
range of products. “Holista Colltech Australia Ltd is not yet in a place to give so
significant a revenue boost to the group. (But) next year (its
contribution) should be more,” Holista Colltech chief executive officer
Datuk Dr M. Rajen told Business Times recently.


Holista Colltech is the product of a reverse takeover exercise on
Colltech Australia Ltd by Holista Biotech, which was initiated last
year. Colltech holds the patent for the process of extracting collagen
from sheepskin.

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Halal red meat exports up 17pc

| 21/09/2009 | Reply
Halal red meat exports up 17pc

IN
the 2008-09 financial year, Australia exported an estimated 187,671
tonnes (shipped weight) of certified halal red meat products, up more
than 17 percent year-on-year.

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FIANZ makes peace with Nando’s over mechanical slaughter

| 15/09/2009 | Reply
FIANZ makes peace with Nando’s over mechanical slaughter

The
prolonged controversy over the Halal products used by Nando’s
restaurants in New Zealand ended last week with the Wellington based
Federation of Islamic Associations in New Zealand (FIANZ) agreeing to
reinstate its Halal Certification to the restaurant chain.

The issue in question concerned mechanical slaughter, and FIANZ have determined that the Nando’s procedure was acceptable. Details of FIANZ’s position on mechanical slaughter can also be seen here, after the Nando’s article.

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$100m halal beef trade ban delayed

| 10/08/2009 | Reply
$100m halal beef trade ban delayed

A potential ban on New Zealand $100 million in beef exports to Indonesia from October 1 has been postponed until next year. Indonesia has been threatening to ban New Zealand beef
exports as an Islamic clerical body, the Ulema Council (MUI), no longer
recognises the local certifications the meat conforms to Islamic
dietary laws.

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Call to make a meal of our camel cull

| 15/07/2009 | Reply
Call to make a meal of our camel cull

Camel rancher Noel Fullerton said millions of dollars could be made exporting camel meat to Arab nations. He
has made three trips to the Middle East doing research on camel meat
exportation for the Central Australian Camel Industry Association and
said there was a huge demand for camel meat.

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Indonesia Demands Halal Cert On NZ’s Meat Products

| 26/06/2009 | Reply
Indonesia Demands Halal Cert On NZ’s Meat Products

JAKARTA, (Bernama) — Indonesia has asked New
Zealand to certify its meat products exported to Indonesia with Halal
certification, meaning it had been slaughtered in line with Islamic
practice.

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RI, New Zealand set to finalize bilateral FTA agreement

| 25/06/2009 | Reply
RI, New Zealand set to finalize bilateral FTA agreement

In a press conference after a meeting with New Zealand Foreign Minister
Murray McCully on Thursday in Jakarta, Indonesian Foreign Minister
Hassan Wirajuda said both countries had negotiated the arrangement for
halal certification for New Zealand meat products and a scheme for
agricultural technical assistance from Wellington in return for market
access for New Zealand products in Indonesia.

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Indonesia threatens Aust beef exporters

| 08/06/2009 | Reply
Indonesia threatens Aust beef exporters

Indonesia’s agriculture minister has reportedly said
that Australian beef-certifying bodies must meet new Islamic halal
guidelines otherwise Australian beef imports will banned.

But
Indonesia’s council of clerics, which decides proper halal practices,
says that all of Australia’s certifying bodies have been approved.

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NZ beef ban may reflect overtures from Brazil

| 08/06/2009 | Reply
NZ beef ban may reflect overtures from Brazil

The Indonesian government has delisted the two Muslim
authorities responsible for certifying halal meat in New Zealand,
and appears to be planning to import cheaper meat from Brazil.

Indonesia is the world’s most populous Muslim country, and its
moves threaten millions of dollars worth of New Zealand meat
exports.

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Minister Keeps the Freeze on Port Beef

| 07/06/2009 | Reply
Minister Keeps the Freeze on Port Beef

With
the presidential election and the end of his term looming, Agriculture
Minister Anton Apriyanto seems to believe that he alone has the right
to decide what meat is halal and what meat isn’t, no matter what the
Indonesian Council of Ulema, Coordinating Ministry for the Economy or
the trade minister might have to say.

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Halal on the health menu

| 28/05/2009 | Reply
Halal on the health menu

Australia: CASEY Hospital will now have a range of more than 20 Halal meals on offer for patients. Southern Health’s
Director of Support Services, Veronica Jamison, said the approach was
approved by the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils and compliant
with the Department of Human Services Victorian Nutrition Standards.

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A New Australian Delicacy now Available

| 16/05/2009 | Reply
A New Australian Delicacy now Available

Here’s an article showing a new Halal business opportunity with Halal quail being introduced into the Halal marketplace.

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Australia intents to boost Brunei Halal Brand

| 14/04/2009 | Reply
Australia intents to boost Brunei Halal Brand

THE
opportunity to further enhance trade cooperation between Brunei and
Australia particularly in promoting Brunei Halal Brand, seem to be wide
open with a business delegation from Australia expected to be in the
Sultanate later this year.





Speaking to The Brunei Times, the
National President of Australia-Brunei Darussalam Business Council
(Australia) and Councillor, Adelaide City Council Francis Wong, spoke
of his commitment and support for the Brunei Halal Brand initiative.

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New Zealand to resume talks on live sheep export

| 26/03/2009 | Reply
New Zealand to resume talks on live sheep export

In New Zealand, negotiations to resume exports of live sheep for slaughter, mainly to the Middle East,
are continuing but Agriculture Minister David Carter says a ban will
remain unless they meet the highest welfare standards.

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Sheep shipments will slaughter NZ’s overseas image

| 25/03/2009 | Reply
Sheep shipments will slaughter NZ’s overseas image

The Minister of Agriculture
David Carter has confirmed that New Zealand wants to
resume live sheep exports with Saudi Arabia. New
Zealand stopped live sheep exports in 2003 due to concern
about our overseas trading image. Now Awassi Ltd, a
majority owned Saudi company, is seeking permission to
resume the trade.

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