Seed pro­ces­sor on its way soon

South Burnett Times - - NEWS - Michael Nolan michael.nolan @south­bur­nett­times.com.au

It’s a slow, painful process but it needs to be done if you want to stay in the in­dus­try. — Sonie Crump­ton

WITH the Queens­land Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture and Fish­eries end­ing its peanut breed­ing pro­gram, pri­vate op­er­a­tors have been forced to de­velop their own al­ter­na­tives.

To this end G Crump­ton and Sons moved to build a seed pro­cess­ing plant at their Bunya High­way site.

The South Bur­nett Re­gional Coun­cil voted to ap­prove the ap­pli­ca­tion at its Oc­to­ber meet­ing on Wed­nes­day.

Sonie Crump­ton said the fam­ily owned com­pany would be able to process 1000-2000 tonnes of peanut seed each year.

“We started breed­ing our own va­ri­ety of peanuts and we need some­where to process the seed so I can

keep keep mov­ing ahead on our breed­ing pro­gram,” he said.

Be­fore the pro­ces­sor can be in­stalled the Crump­tons need to build a shed to house it.

Mr Crump­ton said he ex­pected the project to be fin­ished by the end of 2019.

Plans to build a new seed pro­ces­sor have been on the cards for a num­ber of years.

“We started the seed pro­gram five years ago or more,” Mr Crump­ton said.

“It’s slow but it is pro­gress­ing.”

In or­der to breed seed the Crump­tons have to plant out acres of new crops and se­lect seed from the best per­form­ing plants.

“You’re try­ing to get that 1% that is bet­ter than the rest,” Mr Crump­ton said.

“It’s a slow, painful process but it needs to be done if you want to stay in the peanut in­dus­try.

“It’ll be good for us and make us go into the fu­ture stronger.”

Mr Crump­ton said the pro­ces­sor would not go on the large slab the fam­ily cleared nearby about a year ago.

He may sell, lease it or build on it.

“It is a good pad, if some­one wants to do some­thing we’re open to ideas but we have no plans for it,” Mr Crump­ton said.

PHOTO: MICHAEL NOLAN

NEW DE­VEL­OP­MENT: G Crump­ton and Sons re­ceived con­di­tional ap­proval to build a new peanut seed pro­cess­ing plant.

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