Search

Search form

Fair wind for Australian cattle shipping deal

A Preah Sihanouk slaughterhouse is now 80 per cent complete.
A Preah Sihanouk slaughterhouse is now 80 per cent complete. PHOTO SUPPLIED

Fair wind for Australian cattle shipping deal

The Australian and Cambodian governments moved closer to a live cattle trade deal this week after meeting in Phnom Penh to discuss details of the agreement.

Cambodian Minister for Agriculture Ouk Rabun met with Australia’s Northern Territory minister for primary industry, Willem Westra van Holthe.

Health standards were a priority for completion of the agreement, Van Holthe said. “In the first instance, Australian and Northern Territory authorities will work closely with existing feedlots and abattoirs to bring them to ESCAS standards,” he said in an email.

“This ensures that animal welfare standards are met and maintained as the basis for a sustainable trade in live cattle.”

Australia’s ESCAS, or Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System, details the sanitary requirements and animal treatment obligations at slaughterhouses and export facilities.

With assistance from Australian authorities, van Holthe expects that Cambodia’s facilities will be up to standard and begin receiving live cattle for slaughter next year.

“The first trial shipment of cattle from the Northern Territory to Cambodia will most likely be small in number, but with the hope that it will increase over time to become quite significant,” he said.

The Cambodian cattle deal, while representing a small market, adds to Australia’s Southeast Asia export footprint, which already includes importing nations Vietnam, Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia and Singapore.

“Once commercial arrangements have been made between farmers, exporters, importers and consumers in Cambodia, I hope there will be a win-win for our farmers and Cambodian consumers,” Van Holthe said.

Just one company is expected to meet Australia’s ESCAS standards. SLN Meat Supply, located in Preah Sihanouk province, has been building a $15 million factory to receive and process the Australian cattle since August this year.

Hor Sim Leang, managing director of SLN Meat Supply, said yesterday that the facility was 80 per cent complete and expected it to be ready to receive cattle in January.

“It’s looking good. I think it will be the best one in Asia,” he said, adding that Australian officials had conducted regular inspections of the slaughterhouse.

The Ministry of Agriculture declined to comment.

RECOMMENDED STORIES

  • Breaking: PM says prominent human rights NGO ‘must close’

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has instructed the Interior Ministry to investigate the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR) and potentially close it “because they follow foreigners”, appearing to link the rights group to the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party's purported “revolution”. The CNRP - the

  • Rainsy and Sokha ‘would already be dead’: PM

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Sunday appeared to suggest he would have assassinated opposition leaders Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha had he known they were promising to “organise a new government” in the aftermath of the disputed 2013 national elections. In a clip from his speech

  • Massive ceremony at Angkor Wat will show ‘Cambodia not in anarchy’: PM

    Government officials, thousands of monks and Prime Minister Hun Sen himself will hold a massive prayer ceremony at Angkor Wat in early December to highlight the Kingdom’s continuing “peace, independence and political stability”, a spectacle observers said was designed to disguise the deterioration of

  • PM tells workers CNRP is to blame for any sanctions

    In a speech to workers yesterday, Prime Minister Hun Sen pinned the blame for any damage inflicted on Cambodia’s garment industry by potential economic sanctions squarely on the opposition party. “You must remember clearly that if the purchase orders are reduced, it is all