04-08-2014 09:06 AM | Australia

'Not Asia's food bowl' - Agricultural Minister Joyce

Australia is not the food bowl of Asia, nor should it claim to be, says ­Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce.

He said Australian farmers now feed ­60 million people in Asia and while the ­potential existed to double that figure, there were four billion consumers in the region. "We're not going to be the food basket of Asia. We've got to ­dispense with that rhetoric, it is ­ridiculous. It is read as a threat ­overseas," he told Sky News on Sunday.
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