A specialist horticulture farm in the Northern Rivers will be able to build a greenhouse and meet the growing demand for seedlings and grafted plants, thanks to support from the NSW Nationals in the state government’s Regional Job Creation Fund.
Clarence Nationals MP Chris Gulaptis said the $900,000 grant will help Provenance Propagation establish its operations at Wells Crossing, creating 45 new jobs and encouraging other regional employment opportunities.
Mr. Gulaptis said Provenance Propagation will use the grant to construct a 5,700 m2 glasshouse with advanced climate control technology, targeted irrigation infrastructure, and automated growing systems. “This facility will enable Provenance Propagation to use these advanced technologies in its herbaceous grafting practices resulting in the cultivation of millions of premium vegetable seedlings each year,” Mr. Gulaptis said.
“This new facility will boost Provenance Propagation’s production capacity to meet rapidly growing demand..”
Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW Paul Toole said the $130 million Regional Job Creation Fund aims to create more than 6,500 new direct jobs in regional NSW by providing incentives to expand and keep operations in regional areas.
“Regional NSW is the engine room of the state and helping companies like Provenance Propagation expand its operations stimulates regional economies, boosts livelihoods, and increases local employment opportunities,” Mr. Toole said.
“This fund allows businesses to fast track their growth plans, expand their operations and create a solid base for job creation now and into the future."
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