A Deb Frecklington LNP Government will provide $14 million to deliver an x-ray unit at Brisbane’s markets, creating up to 80 jobs, as part of a plan to double the value of Queensland agricultural production.
LNP Leader Deb Frecklington said the LNP would supercharge Queensland’s agriculture supply chain, to double the value of agricultural production by 2035 and then double it again to $60 billion by 2045.
“This x-ray unit will be built at the Brisbane Markets and uses cutting edge technology to safely sterilise cold-chain exports without chemicals or pesticides while maintaining freshness and consistency,” Ms Frecklington said.
“To deliver our bold vision to double the value of agricultural production by 2045, the LNP is backing Queenslanders with plan from the paddock to the plate – whether you’re a farmer, truckie, packer, wholesaler or retailer or doing the family shopping.
“Our Job and Food security plan includes building more dams and water infrastructure including the ambitious New Bradfield Scheme, improved freight routes by building a better Bruce Highway and reducing electricity costs and water costs for businesses.
“We will also re-focus the work of Trade and Investment Queensland’s to ensure the organisation has the skills to support our agricultural industry to expand exports.
LNP Candidate for Maiwar Lauren Day said the LNP’s plan would reduce the pressures of critical input costs.
“Our Job and Food Security plan will lead Queensland out of this recession and unlock the full potential of agricultural, right through to the Brisbane Markets and supermarket shelves,” Ms Day said.
“This unit is ideal to treat fruit and vegetables that are highly perishable, such as mangoes, papaya, lychee or citrus, bound for markets like Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam and we expect more countries to come online.
“This investment will lay the foundations for the growth of Queensland’s fresh produce industry into the future.
“The LNP is backing Queensland’s locally grown food and fibre to bolster food security and create more jobs.”
LNP Candidate for Miller Dr Paul Darwen said the horticulture specific x-ray unit would be a game changer for the Brisbane Markets.
“Normally one of the biggest barriers to establishing and growing our export markets comes from the need to guarantee exports from pests and diseases – this unit does that,” Mr Darwen said
“It identifies and eliminates insects and pests that may have contaminated products or raw materials.
“The Brisbane Markets is an ideal centralised location to support the ongoing growth of Queensland’s fresh produce industry.”