Everything from quality beef to an avocado time-machine were on the agenda when Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner visited Jakarta in October.

Mr Furner was supported during his visit by TIQ Indonesia, which arranged a packed program of meetings and site visits for the Minister.

These included a roundtable discussion with beef and horticulture importers, and a series of visits to local businesses who are already partnering with Queensland suppliers.

Queensland Trade and Investment Commissioner for Indonesia Ben Giles said it was a productive trip, with the Minister reinforcing existing relationships and exploring new opportunities for Queensland exporters.

‘The Minister’s program included a visit to Ranch Supermarket in Jakarta to see Queensland products on the shelves – including beef, oranges, blueberries, lemons, Capilano honey and Bundaberg Brewed Drinks,’ Mr Giles said.

‘He also visited PT Total Food Indonesia, which imports quality frozen beef from Queensland to make 250,000 bakso meatballs a day.

‘PT Total Food also uses a specialist avocado-ripening machine manufactured by Naturo Technologies on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, fondly known as the “avocado time machine”.

‘It was a great chance for the Minister to see the strong ties that already exist and the potential for new partnerships in what is one of Queensland’s strongest growth markets.’

The Minister travelled on from Indonesia to Singapore, where he attended a Taste Queensland dinner featuring Queensland produce such as Five Founders beef, Borrowdale pork, Koala Karma drinks and Human Bean healthy snacks.

The dinner was arranged by TIQ ASEAN and gave local business leaders an opportunity to taste quality Queensland produce.

Indonesia was Queensland’s sixth-largest individual export market in the 2018–19 financial year, while exports from Queensland to all ASEAN countries (including Indonesia) increased by 56.5% from the previous financial year.

Strengthening Queensland’s presence in Indonesia and other ASEAN markets is a priority under the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.