Mundubbera murcotts to be tracked on journey to Beijing

A SHIPMENT of Mundubbera 'Murcott' mandarins will be tracked all the way from Queensland to shops in China as part of the State Government's drive to increase food exports.

Agriculture Minister John McVeigh said his department's senior horticulturist Dr Andrew Macnish would travel to China this month to assess how well the fruit is handled during transit.

"Our mandarin exports to China are already booming, but I want them to grow further still," Mr McVeigh said.

"Andrew will follow the path of the fruit to retailers in Beijing and along the way evaluate the fruits' appearance and flavour.

"The goal is to optimise how our fruit is handled during its journey to ensure the best quality is maintained from shipment right through to sale in a shop.

"Ensuring our mandarins arrive fresh and in top condition will help continue their appeal to consumers in China.

"This project will encourage greater consumption of our mandarin products overseas, increased returns for growers and more jobs for Queenslanders."

China is Queensland's most valuable market for mandarins and sales are growing rapidly. Exports were worth $7.53m last year, up from $2.6m in 2012-13.

"Exports have almost tripled in value and further growth is expected again this season," Mr McVeigh said.

"Agriculture is one of the four pillars of our economy and the Queensland Government's goal is to double agricultural production by 2040.

"We're doing all we can to ensure Queensland agriculture is innovative, resilient and profitable."

The project is funded by Horticulture Australia Limited.

For more information contact the Business Information Centre on 13 25 23 or visit www.daff.qld.gov.au.



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