Food and fibre grants to grow Queensland’s agri-food exports
Published Thursday, 13 July, 2023 at 10:37 AM
Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries and Minister for Rural Communities
The Honourable Mark Furner
The Palaszczuk Government and industry are teaming up to increase exports of Shepard avocados, value-added avocado, macadamias, mangoes, melons, persimmons, coral trout and grain-fed beef to diverse international markets.
The Food and Fibre to Market: Industry Partnerships Program (FF2M) program will provide $600,000 to eight industry partners to co-fund supply chain and market development projects totalling $1.7 million that target markets including Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, India and the United States.
The projects seek to strengthen and deepen the shared knowledge and expertise of Queensland’s agricultural supply chain partners – growers, exporters, importers and retailers.
FF2M recipient, Avocados Australia will receive $100,000 towards further developing their Shepard avocado supply chains to Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore. Consumer research; educational workshops for importers and new marketing resources targeting both consumers and chefs will serve to fuel the growing demand in Asia for Queensland’s green-skin avocados.
The project valued in total at $250,000 will provide further stimulus to the Australian avocado industry’s broader international export program over the next two years. This includes funding from Hort Innovation using the Avocado research and development levy and contributions from the Australian Government through the “Avocado market access and trade development” project delivered by Avocados Australia.
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Quotes attributable to Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries and Minister for Rural Communities Mark Furner
“Queensland is an export powerhouse. In 2021-22, Queensland’s agricultural exports were valued at $10.7 billion.
“One in five jobs, is generated by exports. Growing our international trade is critical to the future prosperity of our agriculture, fishing and forestry industries and regional communities”.
“The best way to increase our exports is to work in partnership with industry. Government and industry are much stronger and more effective when we work as a team."
Quotes attributable to John Tyas, CEO Avocados Australia:
“Ninety-nine per cent of Shepard avocados are grown in Queensland. Our domestic market is strong and secure which means that Avocados Australia can ramp up its efforts to promote high-quality Shepard avocados to our closest neighbours”, he said.
“The increased marketing and brand awareness activities supported by the Queensland Government, combined with the growing Asian consumer-demand for Shepards and the success of sea freight means that Shepard avocado exports could potentially grow by another 15 per cent in the next few years.”
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