BOOM TIME: Derek Foley has had a bumper crop of lychees this season and will be exporting to the US for first time.
BOOM TIME: Derek Foley has had a bumper crop of lychees this season and will be exporting to the US for first time. Eliza Goetze

Everyone wants a piece of our fruit and veg

OVERSEAS consumers are hungry for the produce we grow, according to new Australian Bureau of Statistics figures.

Queensland earned a record $52 billion from exports last year with fruit and vegetables rising nearly 34% to $1.2 billion.

In the Bundaberg region, gross regional product grew by 2.1% to $4.35 billion last year, business consultant Neil McPhillips said.

"Primary industries, which includes agriculture and horticulture, has increased about 8% in gross product,” he said.

The number of people employed in agriculture in the Wide Bay jumped by 1500 to 11,500 in 2016.

Bundaberg Regional Council and industry groups have been working to strengthen trade with countries such as China and Taiwan.



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