The Nationals WA are calling on West Australians to turn their back on imported pork this Christmas and make a #HamStand with local producers.
WA pork producers are struggling under the weight of record high grain prices and over-supply caused by increased productivity and competition from interstate product.
“Our local producers are losing almost $60 for each pig produced,” Leader Mia Davies said.
Western Australia’s share of Australia’s gross value of pig production was 13.5 per cent in 2015-16, supporting 1,340 full time jobs and generating $114 million in household incomes for WA families.
Ms Davies said the industry was too important to lose.
“West Australians are renowned for rallying around their own when things get tough,” she said.
“WA turns out some of the best pork products in the world so this Christmas we’re asking all West Aussies to make a conscious effort to buy WA products and help our local producers.
“Whether it’s the traditional Christmas Day leg of ham, roast pork dinner with the rellies or bacon for your Boxing Day fry-up, make sure the pork on your fork comes from WA producers.”
Nationals MPs joined producers from across the State at today’s #HamStand event at Parliament where Members of Parliament were invited to taste an array of local pork products.
“Most West Aussies can’t picture Christmas without ham on their plates or enjoying a bit of crackling,” The Nationals WA agriculture spokesperson Colin de Grussa said.
“Don’t be afraid to ask your local butcher where their pork comes from – they will be more than happy to tell you which products are WA sourced.
“It’s a small step that will make a world of difference to WA pork producers this Christmas.”
WA Pork Producers Association President Dawson Bradford urged WA shoppers to check labelling on products.
“There are signs of improvement in the industry, but it is still important consumers look for the pink pork mark label for a guarantee the product is Australian and opt for a WA brand,” he said.
‘If your Christmas ham has a bone in it you can be sure it is Australian.
“New country of origin labelling with the green kangaroo and bar chart underneath will help consumers understand the Australian content of products they are buying.”