Tasmania’s Primary Industries Minister has taken a swipe at pulp mill opponents after returning from Japan on a mission to stimulate the state’s woodchip exports.

The Minister, David Llewlleyn, was in Japan for two and half days of business meetings.

He visited six woodchip companies, including Nippon Paper, to promote Tasmania’s woodchip industry.

Mr Llewellyn says the demand has dropped off considerably because of a downturn in the Japanese paper market and a campaign of misinformation being pedalled to customers.

He says opponents of a Tamar Valley pulp mill have been hurting business.

“I wanted to give them the assurances of government that our practises here are the best in the world,” he said.

“I’ve informed them that we will actually be seeking, and I’ve asked Gunns and I’ve asked Forestry Tasmania to seek certification under the Forest Stewardship Council as well, the FSC and allegations and accusations about us not dealing with wood in a proper way will be put to bed.”

Mr Llewellyn says he did not meet any potential financiers for the Gunns mill.

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