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Queenslanders encouraged to support small businesses at this year’s Christmas dinner

Queenslanders can spread some much-needed Christmas cheer to the state’s producers by making sure great-tasting Queensland produce is on their Christmas dinner tables this year.

Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries and Minister for Rural Communities Mark Furner said Queensland’s farmers were still producing delicious, world class fresh food despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and drought.

“This year, as we unite and recover from the pandemic, it has never been more important to support Queensland’s farmers,” Mr Furner said.

“The pandemic has placed pressure on our hard-working producers so, when planning your Christmas menu, make sure it features the best fresh food that money can buy.

“Queensland produce will be at the centre of my Christmas festive celebrations and I urge all Queenslanders to give our farmers a welcome boost by tucking into locally produced food.”

Mr Furner said Queensland’s producers delivered top quality produce that suited the festive season and the state’s lifestyle.

“Christmas lunch and dinner in Queensland would not be the same without favourites including ham from the South Burnett, wild caught prawns from Mooloolaba, farmed barramundi from Innisfail, and mangoes from North Queensland.,” Mr Furner said.

“Why not enjoy that food with fabulous Queensland wines from the Granite Belt or a thirst-quenching Queensland craft beer.

“We have an abundance of tasty, locally produced food options from right across Queensland to make everyone’s festive season a truly great occasion.”

Mr Furner said supporting farmers by buying their produce was an investment in the future of Queensland.

“Our farmers have worked incredibly hard to make sure their produce is available and the Queensland Government has proudly supported them through the pandemic through a range on initiatives to help them access an agricultural workforce to help maintain our food supply,” Mr Furner said.

“Every time you buy Queensland produce you are keeping money in the Queensland economy and you are supporting Queensland jobs.

“And Queenslanders can become farmers’ little helpers to ensure our favourite Queensland produce is available this festive season.

“Anyone looking for a working holiday over the Christmas break should check out the #PickQld page and discover the seasonal job opportunities and unique adventures that are available.

“Don’t forget to share the magic of a home-grown Christmas feast on social media with #eatqld.”

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