Palaszczuk Govt Provides Support To A Burdekin Business For Melon Exports

Palaszczuk Govt Provides Support To A Burdekin Business For Melon Exports

Queensland Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner

North Queensland Melons To Hit Asian Markets Thanks To Funding Boost

Victor P Taffa

Palaszczuk Government is helping a Burdekin business conquer the international market.

Burdekin’s VFPlus Pty Ltd is developing exports of high-quality melons out of North Queensland to Japan and Singapore, after being awarded a grant under a new $1.3 Million program.

Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner said a total of 6 diverse food companies have received first round funding from the Growing Queensland’s Food Exports program.

“From macadamias, mangoes and melons, to strawberries, sweet corn and pork the producers selected for grants are either already exporting or are ready to export and seeking to access overseas markets.” Minister Furner said.

“By providing funding of up to $100,000, we’re assisting these food companies to build their business capability to take advantage of opportunities to grow exports.”

“Queensland Government is committed to increasing the State’s exports to 22 % of the national total and these grants are part of the commitment to deliver more jobs and strong economic growth in regional areas.”

Minister Furner said the successful projects for round one of the Growing Queensland’s Food Exports program are:

  • Bundaberg’s Macadamias Australia who are developing exports for retail-ready macadamia products.
  • Manbulloo Ltd which is wanting to capitalise on new opportunities to expand its mango exports from North Queensland to Japan, Hong Kong, New Zealand and Singapore.
  • Lockyer’s Mulgowie Fresh Pty Ltd is looking to capitalise on packaged sweet corn consumer traceability.
  • E & A Coco and Sons Pty Ltd based at Elimbah near Caboolture hopes to capitalise on market access to export Queensland strawberries to Hong Kong and Indonesia. They have been collaborating with other Sunshine coast strawberry businesses Ashbern Farms and Berry Patch, as well as the Queensland Strawberry Grower Association.
  • SunPork Fresh Foods Pty Ltd is developing pork products at its Kingaroy and Murrarie plants for the high-end Asian market.

Minister Furner said the companies selected for funding are targeting the export priorities of their sector and the entire industry will benefit.

“There’ll be an increased knowledge of target export market destinations and consumers and an improved understanding of competitors, product specifications, supply chain handling and export business practices.” Minister Furner said.

Growing Queensland’s Food Exports program focuses primarily on horticulture as Queensland is Australia’s largest producer of vegetables and the second largest producer of fruit and nuts.

Matched funding of up to $100,000 (minimum of $50,000) is available over 2 years per eligible project.

Applicants must co-contribute at least 50 % of the total funds required.

There will be a second funding round in July 2018.