Multi-million dollar economic recovery package for Queensland producers


The agribusiness and food sector will play a vital role in Queensland’s economic recovery from COVID-19, with a $12.5 million funding package from the Palaszczuk Government.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced the package today as part of the second stage of her government’s Unite and Recover for Queensland Jobs plan.

“At the last meeting of the Queensland Industry Recovery Alliance, Agforce told us that regional Queensland can do the heavy lifting in the recovery and I absolutely agree,” the Premier said.

“This $12.5 million funding package for the sector will provide an initial economic boost to the agribusiness and food sector, transition and transform it post COVID-19, and accelerate the State’s economic recovery.”

The initiatives funded under the $12.5 million Economic Recovery: Strengthening Queensland’s Agribusiness and Food Sector include:

  • $5.5 million digital transformation in agribusiness – to develop integrated supply chains that improve traceability, biosecurity and food safety.
  • $5 million reinvigorated agricultural trade relationships – to support e-commerce and virtual trade facilitation in key markets and assist coordination of demand for additional regular air freighter services.
  • $2 million agribusiness diversification assistance – to build capability and explore potential diversification opportunities in agricultural businesses, including for tourism.

Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner said the disruption from COVID-19 presented an opportunity for the agribusiness and food sector to grow, diversify and take advantage of technologies to boost productivity.

“By capitalising on its strong position as a consistent supplier of premium and safe products, the industry can lead the economic recovery and support domestic and international food security,” he said.

“A skilled and capable workforce and growing demand for high-quality products will stimulate exports, regional employment and domestic consumption.”

The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries and Trade and Investment Queensland have developed the Economic Recovery: Strengthening Queensland’s Agribusiness and Food Sector package in consultation with industry.

Premier and Minister for Trade
The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

Business Business & Economy Coronavirus COVID-19 Elections Food & Wine Political Primary Industries Queensland Government

Annastacia Palaszczuk : Queensland Premier and Minister for Trade :
PO Box 15185, City East, Queensland 4002, Queensland Wide
07 3224 4500
Annastacia Palaszczuk : Queensland Premier and Minister for Trade
Showing 10+ recent articles for this business
Statement from Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk 06 July 2020 | I welcome today’s decision to close the border between NSW and Victoria. More information...
COVID impacted families to get back into sport 05 July 2020 | Sports-mad Queensland kids are returning to the playing fields and the State Government is giving more help to meet the costs. More information...
Restrictions eased, border plan in place 30 June 2020 | The Queensland Government today announced a further and faster easing of restrictions across Queensland from 12 noon, Friday July 3, including a clear plan to manage our borders going forward. More information...
School infrastructure works boost Queensland tradie jobs 27 June 2020 | Work is ramping up at nearly 70 schools across the state this holidays, injecting $192 million into the Queensland economy and supporting more than 570 jobs. More information...
Qld COVID-19: Economic recovery plan continues amid strong health response 26 June 2020 | Queensland’s comprehensive plan to Unite and Recover from the global COVID-19 pandemic has continued this week with a focus on outback tourism jobs, agricultural industry development and sporting events, as just... More information...
Building boost for regional home owners and builders 22 June 2020 | Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has visited the new housing estate of Spring Mountain in Springfield, where tradies are hard at work constructing new homes for Queenslanders. More information...
$415 million for more infrastructure jobs in Queensland 22 June 2020 | The Commonwealth and Queensland Governments will support infrastructure construction jobs across Queensland by jointly investing an additional $415 million to deliver shovel-ready infrastructure projects and... More information...
Up to 10,000 allowed at the footy from next weekend 21 June 2020 | Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced a further easing of COVID restrictions allowing even more fans into Queensland stadiums. More information...
Qld COVID-19: Major stimulus, while restrictions ease, in a week of one new case 19 June 2020 | The Queensland Government’s plan for ongoing recovery from COVID-19 has continued this week, as another day of no new cases is recorded and active cases fall below five. More information...

comments powered by Disqus

All articles submitted by third parties or written by My Sunshine Coast come under our Disclaimer / Terms of Service