Posted December 06, 2018 17:15:40Food processors in the southern states of Queensland, Victoria and New South Wales have been overwhelmed with demand for processing equipment.
Key points:The Department of Primary Industries (DPI) says it has received more than 3,000 requests for equipment for processing in the state, with Queensland expected to have the mostDemand has been high in the south-east, with demand in Queensland predicted to be the highest in the countryThe Queensland Government has launched a $250,000 program to assist with the surgeIn a statement, the DPI said more than 800,000 food processing machines had been ordered since January 2018.
The Department said it had received more more than 300,000 orders since the first request was received in November.
The DPI is currently receiving more than 500,000 order applications per day, with more than 5,000 in the next week.
It said there was no indication the shortage was related to the state’s drought.
It said it was concerned for the health of people who are being put at risk by the food safety crisis.
“We’ve seen many families and individuals affected by the Drought,” said Dr Joanna Fogg.
“People have been put at serious risk because they have not had access to safe food for a long time.”
She said it would be difficult to predict the exact number of people in need of assistance but the department expected to receive more orders in the coming days.
In the past, the State Government has used DPI’s Emergency Response Plan to provide emergency support to farmers, processors and food companies. “
We are also asking anyone with a problem with the DIPID to come to a meeting and speak with a DIPIS officer.”DIPI said there were about 60,000 operational food processing plants in Queensland, including about 30,000 at a major terminal at Queensland Agricultural Complex in Redfern.
In the past, the State Government has used DPI’s Emergency Response Plan to provide emergency support to farmers, processors and food companies.
Dr Fogg said the department was working with the industry to identify new options to increase food processing capacity.
The DDI has also established a mobile phone helpline for people to speak with its food safety experts.
She said while there were still significant numbers of people without food, the situation was now being managed more efficiently.
“If we can find new ways of getting people back to the table, then we will be able to help them to have a much healthier life,” she said.
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