Gingin base for Asian pig push

TAIWANESE investors are planning to establish a piggery in Gingin to supply export markets in Asia.

The investors plan to build a 2,750 sow piggery to provide pork for Taiwan and Japan.

Primary Industry Minister Monty House the investors’ offer had been accepted subject to necessary approvals for the piggery.

Local company Westpork has been hired to seek those approvals.

Mr House said projects such as the proposed piggery would encourage expansion in regional areas.

“Local companies and farmers providing feed for the piggery will also benefit from the flow on effects of the project,” he said.

But the Gingin piggery will not be competing with local producers on the domestic market.

“The pork will be specifically bred to meet market requirements in Taiwan and Japan after slaughter and boning in WA,” Mr House said.

“Local producers are set to benefit with plans by the Taiwanese business group to buy extra supplies of WA pork for export with its own production.”

Mr House said the group could also provide valuable information on export market requirements and how to meet them.

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