Games light up state’s agri­cul­ture

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

We the po­ten­tial to grow, but this will need in­no­va­tion and cap­i­tal. — Mark Furner

THE Gold Coast 2018 Com­mon­wealth Games are a once-in-agen­er­a­tion op­por­tu­nity to fo­cus the at­ten­tion of trade and in­vest­ment rep­re­sen­ta­tives from all across the Com­mon­wealth.

Min­is­ter for Agri­cul­tural In­dus­try De­vel­op­ment Mark Furner said busi­nesses like Pure Ar­ti­san Cheese have an op­por­tu­nity to show­case to the world what Queens­land food is all about.

“The Palaszczuk Gov­ern­ment is re­leas­ing a 2018 snap­shot of our won­der­ful agri­cul­tural sec­tor to pro­vide an over­view of the sec­tor, our food in­dus­tries and our pro­duc­tiv­ity and per­for­mance,” Mr Furner said.

“Agri­cul­ture in Queens­land con­trib­utes $20 bil­lion a year to our econ­omy. We have the po­ten­tial to grow, but this will re­quire in­no­va­tion and cap­i­tal.”

As­sis­tant Tourism In­dus­try De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Meaghan Scan­lon said it was great to fi­nally get out and meet one of the many food pro­duc­ers who will cap­i­talise on the 2018 Com­mon­wealth Games.

“Hun­dreds of busi­nesses through­out the state, in­clud­ing Pure Ar­ti­san have been awarded con­tracts at the Games. But the best part is their prod­ucts will be ex­posed to po­ten­tially hun­dreds of thou­sands of peo­ple.”

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