Opportunities may exist for rural businesses to get a share of reconstruction contracts to help rebuild Iraq, according to Federal Member for OíConnor Wilson Tuckey.
Mr Tuckey said the Australian Trade Commission (Austrade) has set up an online register for businesses keen to bid for work, with more than 400 companies already signed up.
Some of the medium term agribusiness opportunities being advertised on the Austrade website include the supply of wheat, legumes, tubers and seeds, live sheep and cattle/dairy, water irrigation and management, dairy products, grain storage, pesticides, fertilisers and intensive farming technologies.
ìAustrade is implementing strategies to ensure Australian companies with interest and experience in reconstruction projects are aware of the latest developments and can best position themselves to participate,î Mr Tuckey said.
Mr Tuckey called on rural entrepreneurs to gain ìvaluable export opportunitiesî by registering online at www.austrade.gov.au.
The Middle East has become an increasingly important export market, with trade increasing from about $1.7 billion in 1990-91 to just over $7.7 billion in 2001-02, which is about 5% of current total Australian exports.