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Australia: Southbrook vegetable facility sows first seedlings

Boomaroo Nurseries has started sowing its first vegetable seedlings at their new Southbrook nursery site in Queensland.

Modelled off a Dutch tulip facility, the hi-tech facility is expected to produce 100 million seedlings in its first two years, to later reach a 300 million a year capacity. 

It has 28,000 square metres of automated growing area, including 14,000 square metres under greenhouse.

The company says the new nursery site's automated features will make it the most advanced of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere.

Mr Parker said the company travelled to the Netherlands to learn about the technology used in an automated tulip facility and had adapted that to apply to the vegetable industry.

"We're using Dutch technology and Italian technology with Australian know-how and the coding is Australian as well," he said. 

The no-touch system at Southbrook includes germination chambers, automated loading benches, fibre optics and tailor-made software and machinery.

Read more at Queensland Country Life (Victoria Nugent)

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