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Qld harvesting technology makes it a field day for farmers.

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Media Release The Hon Ian Macfarlane, MP

24 April 2006

QLD HARVESTING TECHNOLOGY MAKES IT A FIELD DAY FOR FARMERS A unique harvester system that allows vegetables to be washed, graded and pre-packaged while still in the field will be brought to market with the help of a $64,000 Australian Government Commercialising Emerging Technologies (COMET) grant.

Federal Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane today announced Cambooya-based Bliss Harvesters as one of eight Queensland companies to be awarded funding worth more than $870,000 in the latest monthly round of Commonwealth innovation funding.

Nationally, more than $5.9 million was today announced for 27 projects under the COMET and the Commercial Ready innovation programs.

“The Bliss low-impact harvester system allows vegetable processing and pre-packaging to take place in the field rather than in packing sheds, eliminating costly shed equipment required by traditional harvesting systems,” Mr Macfarlane said.

“The benefits of the system are not just better quality, in terms of less damaged and fresher produce, but also lower transport and handling costs.”

“It’s another example of Queensland innovation delivering practical improvements to everyday tasks - and, through the COMET program, the Australian Government is committed to helping turn this clever project into a successful commercial product.”

COMET funding will be used for a business plan, export strategy, market research, intellectual property advice, and proven technology activities.

Other companies awarded funding include:

z Seafood Innovations Pty Ltd, of Sheldon, awarded a $423,335 Commercial Ready

grant to develop machines that will automate the bleeding process of salmon, trout and other fish species, eliminating the problem of residual blood and decreasing costs of diminished quality. [Contact: Mr Bruce Goodrick 0438 788 218] z Australian Solid Tanking Systems Pty Ltd, of Marcoola, awarded a $64,000 COMET

grant to help commercialise OBEX, a waterproof tanking system for window and door openings. [Mr: Gary Jones 0429 877 899] z 802DOTCOMMS Pty Ltd, of Bundall, awarded a $64,000 COMET grant to market a

device that replaces the audio cable between a UHF transceiver and its handset, allowing an operator to leave a vehicle and maintain back-to-base communications. [Contact: Mr

David Pollard]

A list of the latest innovation grants and information on the Commercial Ready and COMET programs can be found at Alternatively, phone the AusIndustry hotline 13 28 46, or email

Contact: Bliss Harvesters Pty Ltd, Mrs Julianne Buckel 07 4696 1951