Value-adding, biosecurity and forecasting on Fleurieu farmers’ agenda

20 Nov 2018

Representatives for farmers on the Fleurieu Peninsula will soon meet with an artisan meat processor about the feasibility of re-establishing local meat processing in the region.

Liberal candidate for Mayo Georgina Downer met with Fleurieu farmers at Mount Compass last week and undertook to facilitate the meeting.

“Livestock producers on the Fleurieu Peninsula said re-establishing local meat processing was their number one priority,” Ms Downer said. “Small-scale artisan processing may be a viable option for farmers in the region, so I’m happy to help explore its feasibility. This sort of value-adding helps farmers to develop a regional brand and keeps more money in the local economy.”

Ms Downer said farmers also identified weed management and research as a local issue, and managing over-abundant species which impact on farming.

“Cape tulip in particular is a difficult weed for livestock producers to control with chemicals so I’ll be working with the Coalition Government to see about some funding to research and develop a biological control method,” she said.

“It was great to meet with local farmers at Mount Compass the other day. They highlighted a range of local issues, including concerns about Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) services in South Australia.

“Recent media reports about a possible restructure reducing BOM services have unfortunately been blown out of proportion by unions out of political motivations—evidence recently presented at Senate Estimates indicates the restructure is more likely to enhance services rather than reduce them.

“Nevertheless, farmers at the meeting indicated they’d like to see more research to improve weather forecasting. BOM is always working to improve its services and I’ll be working to ensure it has the resources it needs to always be at the cutting edge of meteorological science and technology.

“Agriculture is an industry with enormous potential on the Fleurieu Peninsula and I’ll be working closely with local farmers to help unlock it.”