Western Australia Country Hour

Western Australia Country Hour
A new farm work visa will be offered to residents from 10 South-East Asian countries to help Australian farmers harvest their crops, but the nation's peak farm lobby insists it will only believe it when it sees it.

The deal has been brokered alongside the UK free trade agreement, which will end a requirement for British backpackers to work on Australian farms for 88 days.

National Farmers Federation president Fiona Simson said the government had long promised an ag visa but was yet to deliver it. "We've had these promises for years now. It's time to deliver."

WA based lamb exporter WAMMCO says the UK FTA does open increased opportunity in the market, but wonders whether those opportunities will ever be as lucrative as other premium export markets.