Saturday, 06 June 2020 Sydney

Feasibility Study To Assess KI Artisan Meat Demand::

A feasibility study into artisan meat processing on Kangaroo Island is underway to assess how locally grown and processed red meat can feed the island.

The State Government has partnered with Livestock SA to commit almost $30,000 to appoint BDO EconSearch to conduct an independent feasibility study into artisan meat processing options on Kangaroo Island.

Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development Tim Whetstone said the study is an important step following positive public feedback to a discussion paper released late last year.

"The State Government delivered on an election commitment to assess options for artisan meat processing on Kangaroo Island and we received overwhelming feedback there is strong demand for local livestock to be processed on the island," said Minister Whetstone.

"The feasibility study to determine whether there is a clear path forward for small scale meat processing on Kangaroo Island, saving local farmers thousands of dollars.

"BDO EconSearch will consult with industry stakeholders, industry associations, Kangaroo Island Council, potential providers, butchers, restaurants and hotels located on the island."

Key things to be considered as part of the feasibility study for artisan meat processing on Kangaroo Island include: current distribution of meat and meat products, outlook for livestock production, current and future demand for locally produced meat and meat products and construction and operating costs of alternative meat processing facilities.

Minister Whetstone said the success of the initial consultation has led to calls from Fleurieu farmers to be included in any consideration of local artisan meat production.

"In a separate but complementary process, my department will accept submissions from businesses, industry associations and local government on the Fleurieu Peninsula and elsewhere, and will assess those against the findings of the BDO Econsearch Kangaroo Island feasibility study, which is due to be finalised in May," said Minister Whetstone.