Singaporean business leaders sample Qld produce

A taste of Qld hits Singapore during trade mission

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Agriculture Minister Mark Furner treated top business leaders in Singapore to some of the state's finest produce this week.

Agriculture Minister Mark Furner treated top business leaders in Singapore to some of the state's finest produce this week.

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Agriculture Minister Mark Furner showcased what Queensland has to offer at a dinner with top business leaders in Singapore.

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Some of the state's finest produce has been sampled by top business leaders in Singapore.

Agriculture Minister Mark Furner showcased what Queensland has to offer at a dinner on Thursday night as part of a trade mission to Indonesia and Singapore which seeks to strengthen trading ties and drive further investment with two of the state's biggest trading partners.

The dinner included a taste of Australia's first carbon neutral beef from NAPCo's Five Founders beef brand and Borrowdale Free Range Pork which was recognised in 2018 as having Australia's best pork steak.

"NAPCo has identified ways to reduce carbon emissions through the installation of solar, zero deforestation, reforestation, genetics, increased water efficiency and overall land management, and also by offsetting remaining emissions via the purchase of carbon credits," Mr Furner said.

"The cattle aren't fed any growth promotants, allowed to roam free on the grasslands of northern Queensland then finished at a feedlot on the Darling Downs.

"The end result as these business leaders have found out tonight, is great-tasting beef that is also friendly to the environment."

Mr Furner said the dinner was a great way to showcase the ingenuity and innovation of Queensland agribusinesses.

"Borrowdale pork is also carbon neutral, with the company offsetting all of its emissions and also supporting the Mytrah Wind project in India," Mr Furner said.

"This family-owned farm uses the highest ethical standards to raise pigs, there is no moisture infusion in their meat, no added hormones and is certified free range.

"The innovation this family-owned business has shown is exactly what makes Queensland farmers the best in the world."

The business leaders also got to whet their whistle on one of the Wide Bay region's finest brews, in the form of beer from Bargara Brewing Company.

"They have a wonderful philosophy of brewing their beers with only rainwater and the highest quality ingredients.

"I'm sure our guests were transported to sunny Hervey Bay and the Great Barrier Reef when they sampled these beers."

Mr Furner said the Queensland Government was committed to supporting increased exports to Singapore and surrounding regions, including premium-quality, sustainably-produced food.

"In 2017-18, Queensland exports of agriculture and food products to Singapore were valued at $326 million," he said.

"We have some of the best premium food products in Australia and consumers in Singapore are demanding more of what we produce."

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