DAL signs agreement to change dead stock to live stock
Updated: Mar 11
The Department of Agriculture and Livestock (DAL) is embarking on reviving Papua New Guinea’s ailing livestock industry.
The plan will see upgrading of the 9 Mile abattoir capacity to receive 500 – 600 cows every month and building other abattoir facilities across PNG in Morobe, Western, and the Sepik area.
Currently construction work is underway to beef up the quarantine facility at Roku in Central province where the cows will be kept for no more than 21 days before slaughter for market.
This was made known during a signing of an agreement between DAL’s Livestock Development Corporation (LDC) and Taylor Pacific Limited who will supply live cows from Australia into PNG.
The ultimate goal is to revitalise a national breeding program to meet increasing local demand, reduce costs and export to neighbouring Asian markets. Towards the end of last year, Indonesia asked PNG for the supply of 20, 000 cattle, which PNG could not meet.
Officiating at the press conference, Minister for Agriculture and Livestock and Maprik MP John Simon described the current industry in PNG as riddled with ‘dead stock’.
“We want to take the dead stock and make it livestock. I assure you we will all work together to grow the industry and we invite any interested partners to come forward and partner with us in this venture,” he said.
Under the agreement LDC has leased 5 hectares of its 35 hectare land to Taylor Pacific who will help achieve the long term strategy of getting breeder herd numbers up to 150,000 herds of cattle.
Currently, there is an estimated 30, 000 herds of cattle in PNG.
The first shipment of Australian livestock to PNG is expected to begin as soon as all the necessary stringent quarantine measures and requirements are met and work on the 9 mile abattoir upgrade is completed.
During its glory days of yesteryears the industry had a breeding program throughout various locations in Papua New Guinea.
This met the demand, which has risen locally with population growth while supply livestock has been scaled down.
Also present was vice minister for Livestock and Markham MP Koni Iguan.