The Queensland Plan – A 30 Year Vision for Queensland Featuring Rob Watkins and his Innovation
Rob Watkins, an innovative second generation farmer from the Atherton Tablelands, is the architect behind Mt Uncle’s Green Banana Flour.
Made using green Australian lady finger bananas, this gluten free flour is naturally high in resistance starch and minerals. Banana flour has a mild, nutty taste and can be used as an alternative to other flours in most recipes.
Production of the banana flour took off when Rob moved development from his family’s 300-hectare property west of Cairns to a new pharmaceutical food-grade factory.
This 2010 Young Farmer of the Year is also the bright mind behind the award winning Banana Blankey—a polypropylene material carton insert for packing bananas—and a banana harvester that eliminates 80 per cent of the labour-intensive activities in bunch picking.
Entrepreneurs like Rob Watkins help Queensland’s regional economies to grow stronger and more diverse.