New guide boost to $264 million Queensland industry
Published Tuesday, 15 February, 2022 at 09:54 AM
Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries and Minister for Rural Communities
The Honourable Mark Furner
Queensland researchers have developed Australia’s most comprehensive guide for storing pulses and managing pests which will support the state’s rapidly expanding multi-million dollar chickpea and pulses industry.
Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries and Minister for Rural Communities Mark Furner said the guide would help growers maximise profitability and further strengthen Queensland’s reputation for supplying premium quality, pest-free pulses in a highly competitive international market.
“We made a commitment to invest $1 million to fill the knowledge gaps in pulse storage, and this new guide delivers on that commitment,” Mr Furner said.
“The investment is part of our vision for Queensland to be a world-leading provider of high-quality, safe and sustainably produced food and fibre.
“The Pulse Storage Best Management Practice Guide is the result of three years of research and collaboration by scientists from the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries with producers and industry partners, involving extensive field trials and laboratory testing, as well as an exhaustive review of published information.
“Most pulses grown in Australia are exported, earning almost $2 billion annually, with Queensland’s chickpeas and mungbeans valued at around $264 million in 2020-21.
“Chickpeas and mungbeans are an essential food for millions of people globally, and Australia is known for having among the highest standards in the world for pulse exports.”
Mr Furner said agriculture is an essential industry in Queensland and a vital part of Queensland’s COVID-19 Economic Recovery Plan.
“Maintaining the highest quality and the best prices relies heavily on how pulses are stored after harvest,” he said.
“The new guide will be a key reference manual for pulse growers, exporters and other stakeholders, with a wealth of information about hygiene, aeration and fumigation for the storage of pulses.
“This project is a fulfilled election commitment that will have ongoing financial benefits for the industry for years to come.”
AgForce Grains Board President Brendan Taylor said AgForce is a big supporter and promoter of the growth in pulse production, particularly given the exciting market diversification that this commodity offers.
“Queensland’s grain producers are well placed to capitalise on these opportunities, and this guide supports them to best store their harvest and grow our industry further,” Mr Taylor said.
PB Agrifoods Owner and Managing Director Peter Brodie said: “This is a great example of government and industry working together to facilitate valuable research and publish information to help ensure the pulse industry continues to be able to export top quality produce to our customers worldwide.”
The Pulse Storage Best Management Practice Guide is available at www.daf.qld.gov.au
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