Irrigation Allows Cherries To Grow In Traditionally Dry Grazing Land

Irrigation Allows Cherries To Grow In Traditionally Dry Grazing Land

Tasmania Minister for Primary Industries and Water Jeremy Rockliff

Irrigation Growing Jobs And Investment

Victor P Taffa

Irrigation is transforming Tasmania, creating jobs and supporting regional communities, and the expansion of Reid Fruits at Jericho is great example of what is being achieved across the state, Minister for Primary Industries and Water Jeremy Rockliff said.

Reid Fruits will next month begin planting its first cherry trees at Honeywood Orchard in the Southern Midlands, traditionally dry grazing land, creating jobs and economic growth.

Minister for Primary Industries and Water Jeremy Rockliff said having 95 % reliable water available through Tasmanian Irrigation schemes was unlocking new opportunities.

“Generations before would never have believed that we could turn this grazing land into a cherry orchard, yet that’s what’s being achieved through irrigation.” Minister Rockliff said.

“Reid Fruits investment and expansion will create 30 full-time-equivalent positions when it’s operational and as many as 200 positions in the peak of the picking season.”

“The unique elevation of the site will also extend harvest time beyond that at any other orchard, allowing Reid Fruits to tap into the lucrative Chinese New Year market unlike ever before.” Minister Rockliff said.

“We look forward to seeing other agricultural projects expand just like Reid Fruits as we progress the five Tranche 2 Schemes, made possible with $60 Million from the Federal Government and $30 Million from the Hodgman State Government, and investment from farmers.”

“It is our vision to grow the farm gate value of Tasmania’s agricultural industries to $10 Billion a year by 2050, and investment in irrigation will ensure we can realise this growth.” Minister Rockliff said.

Federal Liberal Member for Lyons Eric Hutchinson said it was great to see investment in irrigation and innovation assisting in Reid Fruits’ success story.

“Reid Fruits received $1.13 Million from the Federal Government’s Innovation and Investment Fund in 2015 to create Honeywood Orchard and a $4.5 Million retractable greenhouse.” Mr. Hutchinson said.

TAS Minister for Primaries Industries and Water Jeremy Rockliff

TAS Minister for Primaries Industries and Water Jeremy Rockliff

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“This is a great example of the innovation that drives jobs and growth across Australia.”

“This greenhouse is the first of its kind in Australia, and will allow about 4 ha of the total 30 ha of cherry trees to be planted at Honeywood to be protected come rain, hail or shine.” Mr. Hutchinson said.

“This will boost yield, and increase Reid Fruits’ export capabilities, especially to China and Korea, where our Free Trade Agreement has unlocked greater opportunities for primary producers like Reid Fruits.”

“It’s clear that the water provided through our investment in irrigation is transforming not just our landscape, but also our agricultural sector’s capacity to grow, invest and create jobs.” Mr. Hutchinson said.