Hon Ken Baston MLC

Hon Ken Baston MLC

Former Minister for Agriculture and Food; Fisheries

Hon Mia Davies MLA

Hon Mia Davies MLA

Former Minister for Water; Sport and Recreation; Forestry

    More WA sheep meat destined for China

    23/07/2015 7:30 AM
     
    • MOU signed to grow annual WA sheep meat exports to China by 500,000 head

    Western Australia's sheep industry will be able to help meet growing demand from China thanks to a joint commitment initiated by the State Government and industry.

     

    Agriculture and Food Minister Ken Baston said a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed yesterday in Harbin, Heilongjiang Province, with the aim of growing the State's sheep industry to produce significantly more lambs each year.

     

    "The initial milestone has been set at an additional 500,000 lambs per year but our industry and the market has the capacity for a much higher figure beyond that," Mr Baston said.

     

    "This marks an important undertaking by industry and government towards continued value chain development, which will increase industry confidence and support farmers to grow their business here in WA."

     

    The MOU was signed by representatives from Meat and Livestock Australia, Western Australian processor V&V Walsh, Chinese importer and distributor Heilongjiang Grand Farm Group and the Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia (DAFWA).

     

    It builds on a longstanding relationship and joint venture between V&V Walsh and Grand Farm.

     

    "This MOU supports a significant venture examining how new integrated value chains can be designed and developed to increase the opportunities and farm gate return for the WA sheep meat industry," Mr Baston said.

     

    Acting Regional Development Minister Mia Davies said the signing coincided with a sheep meat market insights tour to China, involving leading Western Australian sheep producers, DAFWA, Meat and Livestock Australia and industry representatives.

     

    "The tour is part of the $10 million Sheep Industry Business Innovation project, made possible by the State Government's Royalties for Regions program, to build industry capacity to supply new markets and drive positive outcomes for industry, regional communities and the Western Australian economy," Ms Davies said.

     

    Fact File

    • China was the largest destination for Western Australian sheep meat (lamb and mutton) in 2013-14, at $53 million
    • The State's sheep industry is valued at almost $1 billion
    • This project builds on the Government's unprecedented investment in the agricultural sector under the $300 million Seizing the Opportunity Agriculture initiative
    • For more information on Royalties for Regions projects, visit Bigger Picture - Regions

    Agriculture and Food Minister's office - 6552 5400