Are roo shooters' costs too high? | POLL

Are roo shooters' costs too high? | POLL

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Do you think lower costs would help attract more commercial kangaroo harvesters to enter the sector?

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HIGH charges and licence fees are being blamed for issues in the commercial kangaroo processing industry.

Kangaroo Management Reference Group field processor representative Chad Cowin, Laura, says kangaroo shooter numbers have declined across the past decade, in part driven by expenses.

"The price per kilogram hasn't altered as much but expenses have risen, such as tags, fees, licensing and diesel," he said.

He would like to see a subsidy on the cost of tags of as much as $1 of the $1.65 tag.

He said this was the right time for a conversation as the "tsunami" of kangaroos of the past 12 to 18 months had reduced, due to non-commercial destruction permits and starvation.

"Everyone was caught on the back foot but it's time to regroup," he said.

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