Australia: 10.6 hectare greenhouse for Katunga tomato operation to create 90 jobs

Ninety jobs will be created in Katunga, Victoria, Australia, with the construction of a $12 million hydroponic tomato growing operation. The State Government has provided a $500,000 grant to boost the investment. Flavourwave is a new business venture backed by existing businesses and investors in the hydroponic vegetable industry, including Katunga Fresh and Warragul based Flavorite, which is Victoria's largest hydroponic tomato business.

Deputy Premier Peter Ryan said the hydroponic facility would utilise the latest technology to provide a totally controlled growing environment for plants.

Mr Ryan said the $12 million investment would be delivered in two stages over five years and would involve:

  1. Stage one - a $6 million investment (plus land) in a high technology, 5.3 hectare glasshouse with computerised environmental control, a packing/amenities shed and production and office equipment; and
  2. Stage two - a $6 million investment in an additional 5.3 hectare glasshouse, associated works and equipment.


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