Tomatoes ripe for the picking in Central Goldfields28/02/2019
More tomatoes will be making their way to supermarket shelves and wholesalers across Victoria thanks to a $7 million expansion of Mortlock Hydroponics’ Carisbrook Glasshouse.
Minister for Agriculture and Regional Development Jaclyn Symes today visited Mortlock Hydroponics to announce a grant towards the expansion from the Regional Jobs Fund.
The project will see Mortlock Hydroponics increase its glasshouse from three hectares to six, doubling its annual cherry and truss tomato production from 1,350 tonnes to 2,700 tonnes per year.
Mortlock Hydroponics has been operating for 20 years and is a major employer in the Central Goldfields region with 55 full-time equivalent staff.
Once the expansion is complete, the company is expected to create an additional 40 full-time equivalent jobs in the areas of packing, pruning, pollinating, winding, picking and de-leafing.
The increased operations are also slated to have flow on benefits to the local supply chain through logistics and transport, packaging, seedlings and fertilisers.
The expansion, due for completion in early 2021, comes as demand for glasshouse-grown tomatoes from retailers increases because of longer shelf life, consistency of supply and innovation through new tomato varieties.