REOPENING Australia's kangaroo meat exports to Russia has been welcomed by LNP Senator for Queensland Barnaby Joyce.
After lobbying ministers and departmental officials and meeting with the Russian Ambassador, Senator Joyce was happy Australia managed to convince the Russians to once more purchase kangaroo meat.
"If you're looking for a product that is environmentally sustainable and adapted to the Australian countryside, you can't go past kangaroo meat," Senator Joyce said.
It is now imperative that we push the case for other kangaroo meat corporations to be given permission to re-enter the Russian export market.
"The reality of course is that as the landscape has now been opened up, watering points have been introduced and as a result, kangaroo numbers have exploded. If there is not an industry at work to control these numbers, it creates huge problems for all other sectors of primary industry and is a safety issues on the roads.
"Those who think this is an overstated point, please drop in and visit us in St George at around five o'clock in the evening."
The kangaroo industry is a large employer in regional Australia, giving those without a trade or a university education a chance at a good income in a sustainable industry.
Since the suspension of kangaroo meat trade between Australia and Russia in 2009, 2500 jobs have been lost from the industry and 11 of 14 processing plants shut.
Senator Joyce applauded the kangaroo industry's efforts in improving practices and recognised the efforts of the Federal Government and Agriculture Minister Joe Ludwig.
Macro Meats, an Adelaide- based processor, has this week been given permission to resume exports to Russia.
"I thank those who lent their shoulder to the wheel to once again reopen a vital Australian industry," Senator Joyce said.
"It is now imperative that we push the case for other kangaroo meat corporations to be given permission to re-enter the Russian export market."
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