With its strategic Asia-Pacific location, efficient processing and reliable supply chains, Queensland is a world leader in food and agribusiness production and is now emerging as a leader in agriculture and food technology.

Queensland is known across the globe for its quality agricultural produce and processes that are clean, green, reliable and secure.

Clean, green and reliable

With a clean environment, climatic diversity and abundance of agricultural land, Queensland offers high-quality, fresh, sustainably produced meat, seafood, fruit and vegetables

Queensland is:

  • a global leader in tropical and subtropical agriculture
  • Australia’s largest producer and exporter of beef
  • a gourmet food bowl for Asia.

Secure and sustainable

With best-practice management, smart regulation and ongoing agricultural innovation, Queensland maintains the highest standards in food quality, security and sustainability.

Strict biosecurity measures protect the beef industry from serious cattle pests and diseases, including foot-and-mouth disease and bovine spongiform encephalopathy (‘mad cow disease’).

Food supply chain

Queensland’s food supply chain is made up of companies with skills and expertise in all aspects of the food industry, from production to marketing.

Food and agricultural industries include:

  • field crops
  • horticulture
  • forestry
  • processed food
  • seafood and aquaculture
  • other animal industries, including dairy, livestock and livestock products.

Leading global supplier

Queensland is Australia’s largest producer and exporter of beef, generates one-quarter of the nation’s primary produce, and grows one-third of its horticultural produce.

Cairns in Queensland’s north is a global leader in tropical agriculture, with products, processes, insights and innovations that are leading the way for tropical economies.

A leader in agriculture and food technology

Queensland is a world-class provider of tropical and subtropical livestock technologies and services, including:

  • genetics
  • nutrition
  • pasture management
  • food safety and integrity
  • livestock tracing systems
  • environmental management
  • specialist infrastructure and equipment
  • technical training
  • animal health and welfare,

Case studies – Queensland foodtech and agtech

Innovative food and food waste alternatives – Natural Evolution Foods

Natural Evolution Foods has pioneered the transformation of waste products including green bananas, sweet potatoes and broccoli into viable alternative nutrition sources, designing a new manufacturing system and expanding into Asian markets with its innovative range of skincare and health foods.

The company has won a variety of national and international awards for sustainability and innovation including a gold Edison Innovation Award for Food and Beverage.

Providence, trading platforms, supply chain and logistic technologies – Axsari

Axsari and its philanthropic arm, AgUnity, provide distributed ledger technology solutions to help address the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and has been featured in case studies by World Bank, the Food and Agriculture Organisation and Oxford University.

Axsari’s founder, David Davies, won the Global AgEntrepreneur of the Year 2018.  The company’s diverse projects are supported by global non-government organisations such as the World Food Programme.

Robotics, drones and livestock technology – SwarmFarm

SwarmFarm Robotics is a Queensland company leading the development of agricultural robots for crop production. SwarmFarm robots are lightweight, efficient and autonomous robots equipped with technology that allow for new methods of farming including harvesting, spraying, weeding, mowing and planting.

Agricultural and animal management software, sensors and IoT – Ceres Tag

Ceres Tag aims to make its smart ear tag the world’s first livestock smart ear tag accredited to international standards – National Identification compliant and utilising GPS positioning, providence data, and movement and health monitoring for livestock management and animal welfare for all stakeholders in the red meat supply chain from farm to fork.

Agricultural biotech and novel farming solutions – Nexgen Plants

Nexgen Plants provides genetic technology solutions that produce innovative plants including virus resistant plants such as tomato and sorghum varieties and novel salt tolerant rice varieties that address the soil salinity challenge in agriculture.

Biofuels and clean technology

Queensland’s cleantech sector also features companies with expertise in water management, biomass and waste mitigation, controlled environment agriculture, renewable fuels and carbon trading.

Queensland is one of very few developed economies located in the tropics, providing ideal conditions to transform high-quality, high-yield feedstocks into bioproducts.

By 2035 it is projected that the Queensland industrial biotechnology and bioproducts sector, which includes biofuels, could contribute as much as $1.8 billion to annual gross state product and support 6,640 full-time jobs in Queensland.

Queensland Government support

Innovation is a priority for the Queensland Government, and it is critical to the future competitiveness of all Queensland industries.

The government’s Advance Queensland program has a wide variety of programs to suit industry, entrepreneurs, researchers and small business.

The Queensland Government also offers a range of other programs to build business capability and access global supply chain opportunities.

A range of industry attraction and facilitation support services are offered by the Queensland Government to support the establishment or expansion of businesses in Queensland.

Research and development

Queensland is known as a global innovation hot spot.

Its investment in high-end research capacity has seen some of the world’s best scientists and researchers attracted to Queensland.

Investors can access a range of support services for research, development and innovation activities.

Key areas of research and capability include food technology, crop breeding programs, plant biotechnology, animal nutrition and livestock technology, sustainable farming systems, tropical crops and biocommodities, robotics, drone and sensor technology and aquaculture.

Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation

The Queensland Government developed the Health and Food Sciences Precinct and Ecosciences Precinct and partnered with the University of Queensland to establish the Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI).

QAAFI aims to improve the productivity, competitiveness and sustainability of the tropical and subtropical food, fibre, and agribusiness industries. QAAFI conducts research on food technology, crop breeding and genomics, plant biotechnology, sustainable farming systems and food safety systems.

Getting started

Queensland offers forward-looking investors opportunities to partner with innovative, secure supply chains to deliver fresh, safe food to Australian and international markets.

TIQ helps investors and trade partners harness opportunities by opening doors to local industry, economic development organisatons, and local and state government agencies.

To explore opportunities to invest in Queensland food and agriculture projects, contact us today.

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Queensland Foodtech And Agtech Opportunities

Queensland Foodtech And Agtech Opportunities

15 May 2019

Offering a strategic Asia-Pacific location, efficient
processing and reliable supply chains, Queensland
is already a world leader in food and agribusiness
production and is now emerging as a key player in
agriculture and food technology.

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