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Qld company secures Argentinean pasture seed deal

Beef Central, 01/11/2012

Queensland agricultural company, Blue Ribbon Seeds, has signed an export deal to supply a major Argentinean beef producer with pasture seeds to grow feed for cattle.

The $500,000 deal adds to the company’s already long list of successful export contracts.

“Blue Ribbon Seeds maintains export ties in the Middle East, Africa, the Pacific Islands and Asia, and employs 40 people to deliver its products to the world.

Queensland treasurer Tim Nicholls said Blue Ribbons Seeds was a prime example of a growing export industry supplying sub-tropical grass seeds from Queensland in recent years. 

Mr Nicholls said the deal was a direct result of the global networking program, called Handshakes, which is run by the Queensland Government and Beef Australia.

“In May this year, I met with Blue Ribbon Seeds at a Beef Australia event in Rockhampton, where I gained an insight into the many service, product and produce businesses that support the beef sector.

“Beef is Queensland’s largest agricultural industry and is currently valued at $5.4 billion, including almost $3 billion worth of exports.”

Mr Nicholls said the Newman Government was focussed on increasing opportunities for Queensland companies to export their first-class products to the world.

“We aim to double food production in Queensland by 2040,” he said.

“That’s why, as part of our first State Budget, Agriculture Minister John McVeigh and I announced $4.8 million for research into tropical pulses and seeds.

“Plant-based protein sources such as chickpeas, lentils and beans are in high demand in growing economies like Asia and India, and this research will help Queensland play a major role in meeting that demand.”

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