Horizon holds horticultural opportunities for local producers

The jujube, also known as the red date of Chinese date is a small fruit originating from China that is said to have health benefits.

The jujube, also known as the red date of Chinese date is a small fruit originating from China that is said to have health benefits.

A free seminar is being hosted by the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries in Goondiwindi today, to discuss new opportunities for business diversification for local producers in the Balonne and Border Rivers regions.

The meeting will encourage growers to capitalise on the export market potential of a range of new high-value horticulture crops.

In particular, blueberries, citrus and jujubes will be on the table for discussion – but not for consumption!

Local producers will also have the chance to make important contacts in the industry, says Industry Development Officer Justin Heaven.

“In today’s competitive world, market driven opportunities through diversification are fundamental to growing and improving business enterprises,” Mr Heaven said.

The meeting will also update producers with information about potential funding grants for agricultural projects in the region.

“Up to $100,000 is available for individual projects, through the Murray-Darling Basin Regional Economic Diversification program,” he says.

A total of $2.6 million over three years has been allocated to the program, which aims to stimulate economic growth in areas of the Queensland Murray Darling Basin that have been affected by irrigation water buybacks.