New Asian rhap­sody for berries

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

QUEENS­LAND straw­ber­ries could soon be wing­ing their way to new mar­ket­places.

The State Gov­ern­ment Grow­ing Queens­land’s Food Ex­ports (GQFE) pro­gram, de­signed to help lo­cal food busi­nesses woo in­ter­na­tional con­sumers, may bear fruit for Sun­shine Coast-grown Red Rhap­sody straw­ber­ries.

Pre­mier and Min­is­ter for Trade An­nasta­cia Palaszczuk said a Queens­land del­e­ga­tion had just re­turned from a 12-day ex­port de­vel­op­ment push tar­get­ing evolv­ing Asian mar­kets for our straw­ber­ries.

“This uniquely Queens­land straw­berry, de­vel­oped right here in Queens­land by Department of Agri­cul­ture staff, has at­tracted the in­ter­est of chefs and restau­ra­teurs from the world,” the Pre­mier said.

“Now, a suc­cess­ful del­e­ga­tion to Hong Kong and In­done­sia has gen­er­ated great in­ter­est from sup­pli­ers, with com­mer­cial or­ders for the prod­uct ex­pected.

“With that bumper crop of Red Rhap­sody on the Sun­shine Coast right now, the tim­ing couldn’t be bet­ter.”

GQFE as­sists de­vel­op­ment of busi­ness and ex­port ca­pa­bil­i­ties for hor­ti­cul­tural and meat pro­duc­ers, and the next fund­ing round for ap­pli­ca­tions opens July 1.

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