Kangaroo exporters get the jump on overseas markets
24 September 2015
Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Barnaby Joyce, today announced a $350,000 boost under the Coalition Government’s Package Assisting Small Exporters programme to help the aspirations of kangaroo exporters.
The grants continue to deliver on the Coalition Government’s election commitment to support small exporters through its $15 million four year programme.
“Access to premium overseas markets is an important element of driving profits back to Australian farmers,” Minister Joyce said.
“There is significant potential to develop our domestic roo industry and to expand access to overseas markets. Kangaroo is not only a great source of lean protein, but it also provides some of the world’s best quality leather that is used in a range of products.
“These grants provide our expanding industry with vital support to push for access to new export markets.”
“We’re setting up the entire industry, with funding for kangaroo processors to improve traceability of kangaroo products through the development of a new mobile app and the improvement of boning and skinning controls to maintain our export reputation as a reliable supplier of clean, safe, high quality products.”
Small exporter grants for kangaroo producers include:
- A $67,122 grant for Vanderlinde Consulting to develop an EU submission on lactic acid decontamination in kangaroo meat. The results could also benefit other meat farmers.
- A $227,095 grant for Zapple Software to develop a new mobile web app which will make kangaroo products quicker and easier to trace.
- A $56,870 grant for M&S Food Consultants to develop better kangaroo skinning and boning controls to ensure the high quality of kangaroo products for export.
“This targeted support comes on the back of historic trade agreements the government has signed with China, Japan and Korea and a recent technical market access gain for kangaroo meat exporters to Peru,” Minister Joyce said.
Under the programme, a total of $5.3 million (GST inclusive) has been committed so far to small exporters of fish, meat, egg, diary, grains and horticulture. This is in addition to the $1.3 million already provided in rebates to assist small exporters with export registration charges.
Further information on the Package Assisting Small Exporters can be found at the Department of Agriculture’s website: www.agriculture.gov.au/export/product-overseas/package-assisting-small-exporters.