The Queensland Farmers’ Federation (QFF) and its industry members have welcomed the Queensland LNP’s commitment to grow north Queensland’s rice industry by expanding SunRice’s Brandon Mill if elected this month.
The investment would enable an upgrade of the mill so that it could process 25,000 tonnes of rice each year among other commodities, create local agricultural job opportunities and provide diversification options for the region’s farmers.
QFF CEO Dr Georgina Davis said this funding would enable the Queensland agriculture sector to capitalise on an exciting opportunity that is ripe for the picking.
“The ability to handle, process and store rice and other grains would provide a significant boost for the Burdekin region, allowing local farmers to diversify their cropping and consider opportunities for additional income,” Dr Davis said.
“This funding would also provide positive regional employment outcomes and new career pathways.”
“The Burdekin region is already a powerhouse of agricultural activity with unique attributes that contribute to the support of various industries and produce.”
“QFF is calling on all political parties to match this commitment and progress similar growth initiatives that are targeted at building and strengthening existing agricultural regions and enterprises.”