Article by: Hari Yellina (Orchard Tech)
According to a recent statement, the Minister for agricultural industry development and fisheries, Mark Furner, has reported how Queensland’s macadamia industry is currently flourishing with tree sales soaring. This is completely due to the strong support of the Palaszczuk government.
Additionally, Minister Furner said as many as 2.5 million trees will be established across growing regions in Queensland and New South Wales over the next few years. He added that the sales of four new departments of agriculture and fisheries-licensed varieties had doubled year on year since 2017. Moreover, to ensure that growers can access sufficient licensed varieties, 21 nurseries have been accredited to provide planting material. All of the major tree varieties commercially grown in Australia have been extensively evaluated through trials led by DAF.
New varieties are being developed under the national breeding and evaluation program led by DAF and the University of Queensland’s Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation. These projects were funded by Hort innovation through the macadamia r.d fund with co-investment by the Queensland government and other research partners.