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APPROVAL OF ADDITIONAL BEEF PLANTS FOR CHINESE MARKET MUST DELIVER FOR PRIMARY PRODUCERS

Oct 21, 2019 | Latest News, Press Releases | 0 comments

21 OCTOBER 2019

ICSA beef chair Edmund Graham has said the approval of a further 14 beef plants to export to the Chinese market will only be good news if it translates into better prices for farmers. “We know the Chinese market is an important one, but we need to see the primary producers benefitting from it,” he said.

“It’s not good enough to expect the producer to simply produce more for no extra gain while others reap all the rewards. It should also be acknowledged that despite heated tempers during the blockades, factory visits by the Chinese delegation were ultimately facilitated by protesting farmers, and this is the outcome.”

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