North Queensland growers attending the Burdekin Export Forum on Friday, 4 May 2018 have been encouraged to explore opportunities to export their locally grown produce into international markets.

The Forum, held at Burdekin Theatre in Ayr, brought farmers and horticultural producers from across the North together to learn more about doing business internationally.

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said the Burdekin and North Queensland region was well positioned to help meet the global demand for imported food.

“Our farmers here in the North produce some of the best crops and some of the tastiest produce in the world,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“Knowing this, Council is very keen to work with our local growers to explore exporting opportunities to support diversification of the local agriculture and horticulture industries.”

Growers heard from knowledgeable speakers from across government, transport, business and agriculture.

Regional Director of Enterprise Singapore, Timothy Chua, highlighted Singapore’s strategic position as a gateway to Asia.

“The audience heard ASEAN is expected to see food demand grow by as much as 40 per cent by 2050 and how Australian products could find their way through Asia from Singapore, which is extremely well connected by both air and sea,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“Export Council of Australia Chair Dianne Tipping told the audience Australia, with a population of 24 million, produces enough food to feed 60 million people. The Export Council has been working to build the capacity of small and medium sized farming enterprises to export internationally and can assist our local farm businesses with information, mentoring, promotions and more.”

Cr McLaughlin said growers had walked away with the latest information on emerging markets, international opportunities and supply chains.

“The forum provided growers with information needed to commence the journey to being export ready,” she said.

Please find below the program and a list of presentations from the seminar.

For more information contact Council’s Economic Development Team  (Eliza Lovell or Lucy Poppi) via email:or phone (07) 4783 9800.

2018 Burdekin Export Forum Program

TimeTopic and Speakers
8.00am-8.30amREGISTRATION / TEA & COFFEE
8.30am-8.45amWELCOME
Cr. Lyn McLaughlin, Mayor – Burdekin Shire Council
8.45am-9.15amTIQ STRATEGY/ACTIVITIES
Trade Investment Queensland
9.15am-9.45amTHE OPPORTUNITIES AND PITFALLS OF EXPORTING HORTICULTURAL CROPS
Peter Leach, Market Access Team Leader – Dept. of Agriculture and Fisheries
Bronwyn Ford, Agribusiness Development Officer – Dept. of Agriculture and Fisheries
Clinton McGrath, Horticulture Extension Officer – Dept. of Agriculture and Fisheries
9.45am-10.10amSINGAPORE: YOUR GATEWAY TO ASIA
Timothy Chua – International Enterprise Singapore
10.10am-10.40amMORNING TEA
10.40am-11.10amARE YOU EXPORT READY? EXPORT READY WORKSHOPS
Dianne Tipping, Chair – Export Council of Australia
11.10am-11.30amTRADE IN NORTH QUEENSLAND: A SNAPSHOT
Maria James, Manager Trade Development – Port of Townsville
11.30am-11.50amCASE STUDY: THEIR JOURNEY TO EXPORT
Marie Piccone, Local Grower (Exporter) – Manbulloo
11.50am-12.10pmCASE STUDY: THEIR JOURNEY TO EXPORT
Bruce & Helen Hill, Local Grower (Exporter) – Achacha Fruit Plantation
12.10pm-12.30pmCASE STUDY: THEIR JOURNEY TO EXPORT
Kees Versteeg, Sales and Marketing Manager – Qualipac
12.30pm-1.00pmPANEL/Q & A SESSION WITH GROWERS
Facilitator:
Vic O’Keefe, Trade Advisor – Trade Investment Queensland
1.00pm-2.00pmLUNCH
2.00pm-2.20pmOVERVIEW OF SERVICES: ANL SHIPPING
David Goss and Andrew Gray, ANL Container Line – ANL Shipping
Alex Hawhorne, ANL Container Hire and Sales – ANL Shipping
Fabio Lomonico, ANL Logistics – ANL Shipping
2.20pm-2.40pmOVERVIEW OF SERVICES: MARIANA EXPRESS LINES
Wayne Smith, Line Manager – Mariana Express Lines
2.40pm-3.00pmNQ AGRICULTURAL MARKET AND SUPPLY CHAIN STUDY
Michael McMillan, Director of Policy and Investment – Townsville Enterprise
3.00pm-3.20pmHORTICULTURE EXPORT OPPORTUNITIES
Michael Rogers, General Manager Trade – Horticulture Innovation
3.20pm-3.30pmFORUM CLOSE
3.30pm-4.30pmNETWORKING FUNCTION

*This program is subject to change

 

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