The joint project between the Queensland Government and the University of Southern Queensland (USQ), titled “Facilitating Transformational Change in Queensland Agricultural Value Chains”, is aimed at developing the key agricultural industries and maximising export opportunities for the best agricultural products from the region.
The new $2.6 million research initiative will be focused on analysing beef and horticultural supply chains to optimise transport links to international markets.
“Agriculture is a key pillar of our economy and our strong plan for the sector aims to double production by 2040. The region’s potential to tap into export markets has never been greater with the development of Wellcamp Airport, due to open later this year, and the LNP’s commitment to the Toowoomba bypass,” said Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, The Honourable John McVeigh in a statement.
“We want to identify the most effective use of handling, storage and business facilities and efficiencies and ensure consistent product quality. We want to ensure agriculture is efficient, innovative, resilient and profitable. Farmers in southern Queensland stand to benefit from a more effective value-chain and opportunities to move their produce quicker, both domestically and internationally.”
According to USQ Vice-Chancellor Professor Jan Thomas the project is set to “capitalise on the Institute for Agriculture and the Environment’s presence in the region as a key research centre.”
“A primary focus of the Institute is to encourage and expand agricultural industries both in Australia and overseas,” Professor Thomas said.