NORTHERN Territory minister for industry and resources Ken Vowles said he would hold a Beef Industry Roundtable today (11 July) to discuss future market challenges.
Mr Vowles, who will chair the meeting, said given the recent closure of AACo’s Livingstone abattoir, the roundtable will be a chance for industry to discuss the future.
“This roundtable means I can hear from stakeholders directly, and stakeholders can hear from each other,” he said.
“There is a great future for Territory beef and buffalo, including a range of emerging live export markets in Asia, such as Thailand, the Philippines and China.”
The roundtable will include 15 representatives from the NT Cattlemen’s Association, NT Live Exporters Association, NT Road Transport Association, NT Buffalo Industry Council, the Department of Primary Industry and Resources, the Department of Environmental and Natural Resources and four of the big cattle producers.
“With all these key stakeholders at the table, we will zero in on how we can work together to strengthen our position and create new opportunities,” Mr Vowles said.
“We will discuss a range of topics, from processing and export to growing our markets. Working together, and building on industry strengths and knowledge, will help secure a bright future for these industries and boost jobs and productivity across the Territory.”
Mr Vowles said the cattle industry and related services are a “huge” contributor to the Territory’s economy.
“The NT Cattlemen’s Association values them at $1 billion annually – and the buffalo industry is growing exponentially with almost 10,000 exported last financial year,” he said.