How innovation can help agribusinesses go global was the hot topic at Bundaberg AgForum on 10 May.
Ag Forum was held in conjunction with the Agrotrend 2019 trade show for the agricultural industry in the Wide-Bay Burnett and Bundaberg regions.
TIQ A/CEO Paul Martyn delivered the forum’s keynote address, highlighting local innovations such as livestock tracking technology developed by Ceres Tag, and techniques to turn green bananas into flour developed by ‘superfoods’ maker Natural Evolution.
‘Queensland is a global innovation hot spot for agtech and foodtech,’ Mr Martyn said.
‘Agricultural products added $9.5 billion to Queensland’s exports in 2018, and this region produces 12% of the state’s food, including livestock, sugar, fruit, nuts, vegetables, citrus, and seafood.
‘TIQ and, more broadly, the Queensland Government, is working to keep Queensland on the forefront of global innovation in agriculture and agtech.’
TIQ promoted the AgForum event and Principal Trade and Investment Officer for Wide-Bay Burnett Diane Anstee said it was a great opportunity for local agribusiness to share stories and hear from experts.
‘Sharing success stories captures the momentum created by these very successful businesses and promotes capability within the region,’ she said.
‘With a clear focus on proactive strategy, innovation and accessing the market, this very successful forum demonstrated how TIQ works with business to achieve export goals.’
Agrotrend 2019 was supported by Bundaberg Fruit and Vegetable Growers, Bundaberg Regional Council, AusIndustry, Bundaberg Enterprise Centre, the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authority, and TIQ.
Supporting Queensland exporters is a key goal of the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.