The Tasmanian Government has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with a leading Japanese agricultural cooperative.
The agreement with Hokkaido-based Japan Agriculture Biei (JA Biei) will lead to research and field trials of Japanese vegetable production in the Australian state.
Tasmania has similar environmental conditions to Hokkaido and it is anticipated the island state could be an ideal location to grow vegetable crops for the Japanese market.
“This MoU provides a platform to both parties that will upskill our farmers, embrace collaboration, exchange knowledge and underpin partnerships that will leverage individual strengths and build profitable relationships," said Ian Locke from the Tasmanian Fruit and Vegetable Export Facilitation Group.
The agreement expands on an MoU signed between JA Biei and education provider TasTAFE in 2017.