Ag min­is­ter backs the state’s beef pro­duc­ers

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

MIN­IS­TER for Agri­cul­tural In­dus­try De­vel­op­ment Mark Furner has praised Queens­land’s beef in­dus­try for its re­silience and abil­ity to in­no­vate.

Speak­ing after host­ing a Beef In­dus­try Round­table in Bris­bane, Mr Furner said drought had hurt some pro­duc­ers but there was a lot to be op­ti­mistic about.

“The beef in­dus­try con­trib­utes more than $5 bil­lion and 18,000 jobs to the Queens­land econ­omy, so it is en­cour­ag­ing to see how it con­tin­ues to in­no­vate de­spite drought con­di­tions,” he said.

“To­day’s fo­rum was an im­por­tant op­por­tu­nity to lis­ten to the con­cerns and ideas of in­dus­try play­ers and to work to­gether to build suc­cess­ful part­ner­ships.”

Mr Furner said the State Gov­ern­ment had fol­lowed through on its com­mit­ment to sup­port and in­form in­vest­ment in the beef in­dus­try, with $700,000 com­mit­ted to in­de­pen­dent beef sup­ply chain stud­ies.

As­pects of these stud­ies have been trans­lated into sev­eral lan­guages to help in pro­mot­ing Queens­land’s beef in­dus­try to ex­port mar­kets.

Mr Furner said main­tain­ing Queens­land’s rep­u­ta­tion as a clean and ef­fi­cient provider of qual­ity beef was key to con­tin­u­ing growth in the in­dus­try.

“Our beef ex­ports to Ja­pan are val­ued at al­most $1.4 bil­lion and South Korea takes more than $800 mil­lion in Queens­land beef,” he said.

“We will con­tinue to push the case for Queens­land pro­duce through ini­tia­tives such as our trade mis­sion to Ja­pan and South Korea in Septem­ber and sup­port­ing our pro­duc­ers to ac­cess new and ex­pand­ing mar­kets.”

PHOTO: FILE

BEEF RE­SEARCH: The State Gov­ern­ment has given $700,000 for in­de­pen­dent beef sup­ply chain stud­ies.

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