Calls to shake up the kangaroo meat industry have sparked a fiery debate. Industry figures and Queensland senator Barry O’Sullivan both claim kangaroo numbers are out of control, despite population estimates that may suggest otherwise. “They are in absolute massive plague proportions on all the reports I’ve received,” Senator O’Sullivan said. It’s a sentiment reinforced by Kangaroo Industry Association of Australia chief executive John Kelly…Full Article: ABC Rural Jan 2015

Key Point

  • The Chief Executive of the Kangaroo Industry Association of Australia commented that Chinese demand for kangaroo meat is high (volume unspecified), though the industry does not have access to the market.
  • Approximately 70 countries have granted approval for the importation of kangaroo meat.

ChinaAg Comment

  • From 2007 to 2009, Russian imports of Australian kangaroo meat (HS 020890) declined from an estimated 10,768 MTs to 2,608 MTs. In 2009, Russia initiated a ban on Australian roo meat and recorded zero imports from 2010 to 2012. In 2013, an estimated 1,315 MTs was imported by Russia.

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