LOCAL food producers, value-adders and the food service sectors in the Mackay Isaac region are invited to a strategic food supply chain event on Monday, October 9.
Hosted by the Department of State Development, Infrastructure and Planning, the Growing Regional Food Supply Systems event is being held in Mackay.
Special guest speaker and managing director of Knowledge Transfer Services, Rose Wright, said key stakeholders from across government, horticulture, agriculture, hospitality and retail were invited to work together to identify new directions for the region's food future.
"The aim of the Growing Regional Food Supply Systems event is to develop an enhanced process to connect regional producers with local consumers, businesses and visitors alike," she said.
Event participants will work together to address identified gaps and new market opportunities in the Mackay Isaac region through improved short supply chain management and the potential for the development of food tourism.
"By bringing together supply and demand stakeholders, producers are able to better understand what needs to be grown to meet regional demand, while commercial buyers become more aware of what's available and in season," Ms Wright said.
"Over time, this will help to transition the region's production profile to match its demand profile, facilitating increased production, sales and promotion of regionally produced food for consumption. In short, we aim to grow more of what we eat and eat more of what we grow in the region."
Knowledge Transfer Services has developed a Regional Food System model designed to fast-track the development of the "paddock-to-plate trading relationship" between a region's commercial supply (farmers and value-adders) and a region's commercial demand businesses (food service, tourism, hospitality and retailers). Using a roundtable discussion format, the Growing Regional Food Supply Systems event will discuss the proven merits of this model and the development of enhanced regional food supply system for the Mackay Isaac region.
To register, call the Department of State Development Infrastructure and Planning on 4967 1099 or email email@example.com.
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