Region’s agriculture might add to fortunes
Industry in the Pilbara could play a key role in developing WA’s agriculture stocks as the State looks to diversify away from the traditional mining-based market.
Liberal Member for Mining and Pastoral Region Mark Lewis said Yara’s operation on the Burrup Peninsula was a prime example of a business with potential to ease freight and other input costs for agriculture.
“Most of the Yara product now is dedicated to blowing stuff up in the mines but I’ve always thought about it as a necessary fit for agriculture as we grow our business up in the north from the Ord right down to here in the central Pilbara,” he said.
“We need a whole heap of urea, we need technical-grade ammonium nitrate, and they are now starting to think of that as an alternative option, albeit a smaller option, but something which can broaden their business base.
“We can connect them up with CBH and provide technical grade ammonium and urea back into the Wheatbelt.”
Mr Lewis said Yara’s proposed Sahara Forest project could be a global hub for arid farming research and development. WA Farmers president Tony York said WA must be more flexible and adaptable to capitalise on agricultural opportunities.
The industry body is advocating for a $10.5 million investment into an integrated partnership institution for WA livestock and pasture research.
Liberal Member for Mining and Pastoral Mark Lewis.