Warwick Daily News - South West Queensland Rural Weekly - - News -

Ge­orge W. Bush fa­mously hated it but it seems most of the world can’t get enough broc­coli.

Par­tic­u­larly af­flu­ent con­sumers in Sin­ga­pore, where 70% of Aus­tralia’s $8.2 mil­lion ex­port broc­coli crop was flown in and sold fresh last year.

It’s a niche de­mand that south­ern Queens­land veg­etable grower Troy Qualis­chef­ski is more than happy to meet, with pas­sen­ger planes fly­ing from Bris­bane air­port car­ry­ing 8kg boxes of his fresh broc­coli in their freight holds two or three times a week.

His Quali­pac broc­coli sells for about $10/kg in Sin­ga­pore, with well-off lo­cal Chi­nese and ex­pats rush­ing to buy Aus­tralian-grown fresh fruit and veg­eta­bles rather than cheaper prod­uct mainly from China, where proper chem­i­cal use and food safety are hard to guar­an­tee.

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