Wednesday, 18 June 2014
Regional Development Minister, Geoff Brock today announced a $200,000 grant to Keith-based seed company – Seed Genetic International – towards the development of a packing and logistics export facility.
“The grant has been made possible through the Regional Development Fund which has been significantly increased from $1.6 million annually up to $15 million a year as part of my agreement with the Premier,” Mr Brock said.
“The main purpose of the fund is to boost economic activity and generate jobs growth in the regions, and this facility will provide a significant boost to the Limestone Coast.
“This grant will allow SGI to develop its ‘Glasshouse to Warehouse’ facilities to create efficiencies throughout the packaging process,” Mr Brock said.
“The small seeds industry is already an integral part of the local economy and this upgrade will enhance product value and will also provide value-adding opportunities.
“SGI – which focuses on plant research, breeding, production and marketing of its own proprietary seed products – will now be able to efficiently process this valuable product using the latest technology, boosting grower returns and more closely meeting their customers’ needs.
“The reach of this project will go beyond SGI, using local resources, tradespeople and materials where possible during the development.
The new SGI facility – which will create 2.5 FTE jobs over two years – will have the capability to store, blend, coat and package seed (lucerne, clover, cereals, canola) for export and Australian sales.
“It facility consist of a large storage shed and silos, a modern automated packing, coating and bagging plant, office complex and laboratory,” Mr Brock said.
Russell Davis from SGI said the new facility would give the company capacity to efficiently process clean, green produce from the local area using the latest technology and equipment to boost grower returns, while meeting the requirements of customers.
“Keith is considered the ‘Lucerne Capital of Australia’, and having a modern packing and logistics facility in the heart of the production area makes economic sense,” Mr Davis said.
Source: – Premiers Office