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Wednesday, 3 October 1984
Page: 1167

(Question No. 1048)

Senator Jones asked the Minister representing the Minister for Primary Industry , upon notice, on 23 August 1984:

(1) Is the Minister for Primary Industry aware of a predilection for goat meat in South East Asian countries.

(2) Has Australia tapped this potentially lucrative market; if so, what is the annual value of goat meat exports to Australian producers, and, if not, why not.

Senator Walsh —The Minister for Primary Industry has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1) Yes, I am aware that South-East Asian consumers have a definite requirement for goat meat, especially for consumption during festivals.

(2) Australia has developed a small but profitable market for goat meat in the South-East Asian countries of Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore and Taiwan. In 1983 -84, 31 per cent of Australian goat meat exports were shipped to these countries at a value of $1.6m. Total goat meat exports were valued at $3.0m.

As the honourable senator will be aware, the goat meat industry in Australia is small compared with our beef and sheep meat industries. I understand, however, that in recent years there has been increased interest in the production of goats and this could result in an increased availability of goat meat for export .