Why Lockyer broccoli is in big demand overseas
BROCCOLI grown by a Lockyer Valley farmer has become part of an inaugural export from Wellcamp Airport to Singapore.
Qualipac, which operates farms in the Lockyer Valley, produced 1842 kilograms of broccoli from its newly established Inglewood farm.
The initial load of 228 boxes, weighing eight kilograms each, hit the runway on Friday, and there are plans for more airfreight shipments in the future.
The produce was flown out to Singapore 48 hours after picking.
Qualipac managing director Troy Qualischefski said it was the farm's first shipment out of Wellcamp Airport.
"It was also our first to be exported from our new operation at Inglewood," Mr Qualischefski said.
The Lockyer Valley-based farmer acquired the Inglewood farm as part of a water security plan.
"Inglewood is a good area for us to farm in - the climate is correct, the water security is good," he said.
"The drought has lowered the water, but we see long-term future down there for us.
"While we wait for the pipeline (from Wivenhoe) to be built, we had to look elsewhere."
It's the second successful export in as many weeks for Qualipac, having exported 20 tonned of kabocha pumpkins earlier this month.
Mr Qualischefski said produce grown in the Lockyer Valley was recognised internationally because of its clean growing environment, and its quality.
Broccoli was previously exported to Singapore on passenger flights out of Brisbane, which are now rare and freight costs are prohibitive.
Agriculture Minister Mark Furner said the State Government aimed to make the most of a weekly freight flight subsidised by the Federal International Freight Assistance Mechanism.
"We are continuing to manage the health response well and that means we can start to deliver Queensland's plan for economic recovery," Mr Furner said.