Rural Bank managing director Alexandra Gartmann will open PGG Wrightson Seeds’ state-of-the art seed processing and distribution site at Truganina, Melbourne, on Wednesday, August 9.
‘‘The opening of this new facility is testament of our commitment to the Australian seed industry,’’ PGG Wrightson Seeds’ Australian general manager John Stewart said.
‘‘In addition to the work we already undertake in plant research and development, this represents a significant investment in warehousing and logistics that will efficiently deliver the highest quality seed to our customers.’’
PGG Wrightson Seeds’ national supply chain manager Quintin McCall said the purpose-built innovative facility would support the next generation of forage seed genetics and dramatically improve the seed supply chain for Australian farmers.
‘‘Our new facility at Truganina is a vital link in our supply chain and we have invested in creating a best-in-class operation that is unparalleled in the industry,’’ Mr McCall said.
‘‘PGG Wrightson Seeds provides the market with a wide range of high quality products and we have invested heavily to ensure we have product of high quality available to producers when they need them.
‘‘Storing seed with endophytes was a key consideration when designing the new facility.
‘‘Endophytes have been one of our big breakthroughs, producing persistent pasture plants better suited to handle tougher conditions and resistant to pest pressure.
‘‘Seed containing endophytes needs to be stored correctly or it will quickly lose its quality, so one of the big things we have done is install a large cold room and provided roof insulation to lower temperatures.’’
The 20000sqm facility also features a seed-mixing plant.