Charlton Women in Business and Agriculture discuss EP primary industries

An informative discussion: Charlton Women in Business and Agriculture's Lee Russell thanks Karen Hollamby for her presentation at the group's recent November meeting. Photo: Supplied.
An informative discussion: Charlton Women in Business and Agriculture's Lee Russell thanks Karen Hollamby for her presentation at the group's recent November meeting. Photo: Supplied.

As part of National Agriculture Month, Charlton Women in Business and Agriculture hosted Karen Hollamby to speak at the group's November meeting.

Ms Hollamby is the regional coordinator for Eyre and Western SA with the Department for Primary Industries.

Her territory extends across the Eyre Peninsula to Mudamuckla in the far west of the state. Not surprisingly, she spends a lot of time in her mobile office (car), though is based in Port Lincoln.

Speaking at the well-attended meeting, she presented a broad overview of agricultural industries and their worth across the region.

A significant industry for the Eyre Peninsula is farming, particularly cereal and livestock, with wheat being the most produced crop in terms of tonnage, followed by barley, then canola.

A near average crop of 7.9 million tonnes (farm-gate value $2.2 billion) is estimated statewide this season, with the EP expected to produce approximately 32 per cent of this tonnage.

Although the outlook for much of the EP is positive for this season, Eastern EP has faced challenges due to dry conditions, frost and heavy winds.

The domesticated livestock industry (beef cattle, sheep, pigs, chickens and goats) contribute almost $4 billion to the state's economy.

The seafood industry, enjoying a world class reputation, is another significant industry with a vast majority of product coming out of the EP.

This is largely influenced by the region's extensive coastline of about 2475 kilometres, nearly half of the entire state's coastline. The seafood sector is divided into aquaculture and wild catch fisheries.

On behalf of all present, Lee Russell thanked Ms Hollamby for her informative address.

Charlton Women in Business and Agriculture members are now looking forward to a Christmas Progressive Dinner on December 1.