Agriculture Minister has blueberries on his mind
GROWTH opportunities of the local blueberry industry was the focus of a visit to Corindi and Woolgoolga by Federal Minister for Agriculture Barnaby Joyce.
At the invitation of Cowper MP Luke Hartsuyker, Mr Joyce visited the Costa Berries farm at Corindi, before inspecting the Oz Berries co-operative in Woolgoolga, where he met with farmers who are producing a world-class product and creating thousands of jobs.
"They have a growth plan which aims to take Coffs Coast blueberries to the world and that will deliver real benefits to the local region and Australia.
"The Government is focused on working with the industry to realise those opportunities."
Mr Hartsuyker said blueberry production was now a driving force in the economic development of the area.
"Costa is now the largest grower of blueberries and raspberries in Australia and exports around the world," Mr Hartsuyker said.
"Oz Berries is a co-operative of more than 60 local farmers which is set to continue double digit growth year on year."
During the Minister's meetings with Costa and Oz Berries, discussions focused on exploring new export opportunities.
"What these farmers are producing for the domestic and international markets highlights the opportunities which exist in Australian horticulture," Mr Joyce said.
"These growers are innovative, hard working and visionary."