Double blow for Queensland producers
The Queensland Farmers’ Federation (QFF) is calling on Queenslanders to rally behind the state’s food, fibre and foliage producers. It’s urging people to shop locally to support the sector after major agricultural events were cancelled due to lockdown.
The worsening COVID-19 outbreak has led to the cancellation of last weekend’s Moreton Bay Food + Wine Festival and the cancellation of the 2021 Royal Queensland Show (Ekka).
Time to stand with our farmers
QFF CEO Dr Georgina Davis says it’s extremely disappointing that Queensland producers are once again unable to showcase their efforts. Especially after ensuring the state’s food security throughout the pandemic and despite significant continuing challenges.
“These agricultural events bring agriculture directly to consumers,” Dr Davis says. “They celebrate and champion the essential role the sector plays in the lives of all Queenslanders. Thousands of vendors and exhibitors have spent months preparing their livestock and produce to share with attendees and educate the public about Queensland agriculture.
“Farmers are dealing with the pandemic, rising input costs and protracted drought. After this latest blow, there’s never been a better time to stand with our farming communities.”
Buy local for a brighter future
Dr Davis has thanked the Samford and Dayboro REKO ring groups for ensuring food for the Moreton Bay festival didn’t go to waste. The groups provided an avenue for sales to the local community. Consumers can also support festival vendors through a designated webpage.
“Buying local produce and paying a fair price for it is the best way Queensland consumers can support the agricultural sector,” Dr Davis says. “By supporting farmers, consumers can play an active role in helping to ensure a bright future for Queensland agriculture.”
For a list of growers, producers, wineries, breweries, food trucks and artists that have been impacted by the last-minute cancellation of the Moreton Bay Food + Wine Festival, head to moretonbayfoodandwine.com.au