Hon Alannah MacTiernan MLC

Hon Alannah MacTiernan MLC

Minister for Regional Development; Agriculture and Food; Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development, Jobs and Trade

    Premium citrus growing Wheatbelt jobs

    3/11/2017 11:30 AM
     
    • ​New citrus packing facility to create long-term jobs in the Wheatbelt
    • State Government co-investment helping to drive premium fruit exports

    Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan today officially opened Western Australia's largest citrus packing facility in Bindoon.

     

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

     

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

     

    Moora Citrus Packers is expected to generate 15 long-term jobs in Bindoon, as well as another 60 jobs in the service and supply chain.

     

    WA has significantly increased its citrus exports from 500 tonnes in 2015 to 3,000 tonnes so far in 2017, and this is expected to double to 6,000 tonnes next year, with Moora Citrus Packers directly contributing to this increase.

     

    Comments attributed to Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan:

     

    "Western Australians know the quality of our local citrus, and now it's time we took that premium produce to the world.

     

    "Congratulations to Moora Citrus - particularly director Sue Middleton - Niela Citrus and other partners on this facility, which will help to create job opportunities in Bindoon and across the supply chain.

     

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

     

    "The opportunity to grow WA's citrus exports is ripe for the picking."

     

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