WAMMCO scoops agribusiness awards

28 Oct, 2005 08:45 PM

WAMMCO has won the Agribusiness Export and Regional Exporter Awards at the 2005 WA Industry and Export Awards.

The awards are the leading business awards in the state recognizing 14 categories.

Premier Geoff Gallop congratulated this yearsÕ award winners and said their efforts helped the state reach all time record export levels.

"The August 2005 trade figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics show that WA now accounts for a record 31.2pc of the nation's exports," Dr Gallop said.

"The nominal value of our exports has increased 23.3 percent over the year to August to reach a record $40.6 billion, outstripping the national average of 16.5pc.Ó

WAMMCO was recognised for posting a solid year of sales this year despite facing shortages of livestock supply and record prices for lambs.

Accepting the award, WAMMCO chairman Dawson Bradford thanked shareholder-producers for their continuing support of the cooperative, and the board, management and staff of WAMMCO for the excellent results achieved during the past year.

Mr Bradford used the occasion to raise the issue of labor shortages in county areas and how this was affecting the growth of regional businesses.

"We look forward to the future with great anticipation, the only grey cloud on the horizon is the issue of labor shortages," Mr Bradford said.

"This issue is acute in country areas and we would ask that the Government keep helping us overcome the problem."

WAMMCO chief executive Des Griffiths said the awards recognised WAMMCO's further success in developing WA lamb exports to the US by encouraging the production of heavier lambs with better returns to producers.

This year WAMMCO International reported a record net profit of $5.4 million and will pay a rebate to 531 shareholder-producers.

WAMMCO will compete in the National Export Awards to be held in Sydney on December 1, 2005.


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