PINEAPPLE PROBLEMS: Michelle Landry, John McVeigh, Lindsay Barlow and Bruce Young at the Queensland Minister for Agriculture’s visit to Barlows Earth Moving on the Capricorn Coast.
PINEAPPLE PROBLEMS: Michelle Landry, John McVeigh, Lindsay Barlow and Bruce Young at the Queensland Minister for Agriculture’s visit to Barlows Earth Moving on the Capricorn Coast. Chris Ison Rokcbarlows

Pineapples a top priority for LNP

PINEAPPLES are a top priority for the Australian Liberal-National Party in 2015.

Queensland Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry John McVeigh met with producers on the Capricorn Coast yesterday to discuss everything from crops to cattle.

With ongoing concerns about both state and national biosecurity and the risk importing pineapples from foreign countries poses, Mr McVeigh said the LNP was determined to find a strategy in 2015.

"Pineapples have been under pressure through the import regulation assessment processes from the Federal Government," Mr McVeigh said.

"Whether it's pineapples or other products such as ginger in the state, we've been under the format of a federal Labor government and the import risk assessments weren't done properly in my view.

"I've complained long and loud about that over the past three years and I'm very pleased that (Federal Minister for Agriculture) Barnaby Joyce is in the process of reviewing some of these import risk assessments.

"We've got a very strong biosecurity system which is all about simply ensuring we don't have the diseases that other parts of the world experience, and we maintain our clean and green image here in Queensland."

Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry backed Mr McVeigh's stance on the issue.

"The pineapple industry is very important to the whole of Capricornia and it is something I've been really lobbying hard for," she said.

"I've had numerous meetings with Barnaby Joyce and we have great concerns about the impact of imported pineapples in Queensland and the rest of Australia."