PLAN TO PUT MORE NORTHERN PORK ON FORKS
A new strategic plan for the Northern Rivers pork industry launched today seeks to drive increased production, new markets and local jobs over the next 10 years.
Minister for Regional Development John Barilaro, Member for Lismore Thomas George and Member for Clarence Chris Gulaptis welcomed the release of the plan as an important step in boosting the economic base of the Northern Rivers.
“I was delighted to today launch the new Northern Rivers Pork Industry Strategic Plan, which was driven by the Northern Co-operative Meat Company (NCMC) and supported by the NSW Government’s Regional Industries Investment Fund,” Mr George said.
“This new Plan - also supported by Regional Development Australia Northern Rivers and local councils - identifies a number of actions, which will help put more Northern Rivers’ pork on plates in Australia and Asia, where demand for high quality produce from NSW is increasing.
“It recommends increasing local pig supply to increase the production of NCMC’s Booyong abattoir, one of only two export accredited pork abattoirs in Australia. The facility currently processes around 4000 pigs per week and supports 75 jobs and another 42 jobs in the local supply chain.
Mr Gulaptis welcomed recommendations aimed at promoting the image of Northern Rivers Pork and capitalising on the regional brand, whilst promoting already established local product.
"There is no question that this region has a 'clean and green' reputation here and overseas which can drive additional sales," he said. “The potential for agri-tourism and food-based tourism is also gaining strength as consumers increasingly want to know where their food comes from and how it is produced.”
“This Government is all about delivering sustainable jobs and investment in regional communities and we are delighted to support the development of this important Strategic Plan for the regional pork industry,” Mr Barilaro said.