LOCALLY produced broccoli is ready to take to the skies, thanks to a collaboration between the Southern Queensland Export Hub, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries and local producer, Qualipac.
As a part of the International Freight Assistance Mechanism scheme, broccoli from Inglewood company Qualipac is destined for the major retailers in Singapore.
Toowoomba and Surat Basin Enterprise food and agriculture export manager, Justin Heaven, said the collaboration was targeted at increasing the export of regional produce through Toowoomba Wellcamp Airport.
"There are many opportunities to get Australian produce into Singapore and we encourage exporters to utilise the Wellcamp Airport, with assistance from IFAM, to ensure we create a long term freight route into Singapore," said Mr Heaven.
This collaboration between TSBE, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Austrade, Qualipac and a Singapore-based importer was key to securing this large shipment of 1824 kilograms of broccoli.
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Department of Agriculture and Fisheries were able to assist with the opportunity as a project within the Murray-Darling Regional Economic Diversification Program, with senior extension officer, Clinton McGrath, saying the findings will be delivered through workshops as part of a regional roadshow.
"This program was established to assist Murray-Darling Basin communities increase economic diversification for long-term sustainability" said Mr McGrath.
Produce will be flown to Singapore from Wellcamp Airport on the newly established Singapore Airlines flight over the next three weeks with the aim to secure the service long term.
Exporters who are interested in more information about the flight and developing new markets can head to www.tsbe.com.au.
The SQ Export Hub is delivered by TSBE and designed to help small to medium businesses operating in the food and agribusiness and oil, gas and energy sectors to grow, export and generate local Australian jobs, through a collaborative export culture.
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