Chinese learning land use methods

January 08, 2018

NCCMA executive manager Tim Shanahan and Director for Ecological Protection of Ningbo Environmental Protection Bureau Mr Wong discussed a range of topics at a recent meeting.

CHINA’S Ningbo City Government were in town recently to discuss ecological and farming sustainability practises in our region.

The Committee for Echuca Moama (C4EM) in partnership with the North Central Catchment Management Authority (NCCM) hosted the overseas representatives.

The delegation followed a recent self-funded visit to Ningbo by C4EM, where cultural and economic opportunities relating to the Echuca-Moama region were discussed.

Topics included waterways and wetlands, water quality, biodiversity, environmental water reserves, soil health and initiatives that support farmers to become more productive.

Mr Szakal said this was another example where our region is being recognised for the high standard of projects and service delivery.

“We are beginning to see a growing interest in what our region has to offer internationals, including the deep knowledge of the land and waterways,” he said.

“It also helps to consolidate and further secure our position as a destination that can grow clean, green and safe produce.”

Information presented included the various projects and research activities conducted and how they support local and state government decision making.

“With the emphasis the NCCMA place on protecting and preserving our environment, we will continue to have sustainable agricultural assets and a viable industry into the future,” Mr Szakal said.

“Discussions quickly turned to considerations about how other countries could import our agricultural produce directly into their ports to satisfy their local markets. These opportunities are certainly worth exploring and I will do so when there next.”

In early 2018, C4EM will be partnering with the Central Victorian Agribusiness Forum, Bendigo TAFE and some shires, to develop an agribusiness symposium in Echuca-Moama.

“I have been in discussion with the Campaspe Shire mayor and together we have identified specific areas of interest for local producers from across the region,” Mr Szakal said.

“Following this, we have also identified and secured a range of high level speakers who are keen to present on their areas of expertise.

“Although we are yet to set a date, expect one in March. We are hoping to hear from local sponsors and interest groups who want to participate in some way.”

For more information or to get involved in the symposium, email [email protected]

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