Pro­duc­ers sweet on cit­rus pack­ing plant

The Advocate (Perth) - - NEWS -

AGRI­CUL­TURE and Food Min­is­ter Alan­nah MacTier­nan of­fi­cially opened WA’s largest cit­rus pack­ing fa­cil­ity in Bindoon last week.

The Moora Cit­rus Pack­ers shed in­cludes ad­vanced pack­ing tech­nol­ogy, which has been co-funded through a State Govern­ment grant to de­liver high-qual­ity cit­rus fruits to pre­mium ex­port mar­kets.

Fruit pro­duc­ers from across the re­gion will be able to use the fa­cil­ity to pack, cool, in­spect, load and seal con­tain­ers straight to port to al­low access for ex­port mar­kets with strict se­cu­rity pro­to­cols.

The fa­cil­ity is set to gen­er­ate 15 long-term jobs in Bindoon – as well as an­other 60 jobs in the ser­vice and sup­ply chain.

Ms MacTier­nan said cit­rus ex­ports has gone from 500 tonnes in 2015 to 3000 tonnes so far this year and were ex­pected to dou­ble by next year.

“West­ern Aus­tralians know the qual­ity of our lo­cal cit­rus and now it’s time we took that pre­mium pro­duce to the world,” she said.

‘This is a fan­tas­tic ex­am­ple of the State Govern­ment co-in­vest­ment help­ing to drive new op­por­tu­ni­ties for our hor­ti­cul­tural in­dus­try.”

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