Australia’s biggest cucumber farm to create legacy for traditional owners

The nation’s largest cucumber farm will likely be developed in Western Australia as a part of a three way partnership between traditional owners and a longtime Australian horticultural firm. 

Cucumber farmer 4 Ways Fresh Produce has signed an settlement with Indigenous Business Australia and Yamatji Enterprises Limited (YEL), an financial entity of the Yamatji Southern Regional Corporation.

Yamatji Southern was based after a historic $500 million native title willpower and settlement settlement with the WA authorities in 2020.

The partnership between YEL and 4 Ways Fresh will see 4 Ways Fresh’s present 300 greenhouses, simply south of Geraldton, expanded to 600 tunnels.

The teams will farm collectively below the model Yamatji Fresh Produce.

4 Ways common supervisor Kingsley Songer stated the venture can be developed in levels, with 125 greenhouses to be constructed subsequent yr on land just lately bought by traditional owners.

He stated the three way partnership firm would plant 400 greenhouses with cucumbers to make it the most important producer in Australia, however would additionally take into account growing different crops corresponding to eggplant, tomatoes, and capsicum to fill nationwide provide gaps.

Greenhouse tunnels used for growing crops.
The venture will see 600 greenhouses working close to Geraldton.(ABC Rural: Jo Prendergast)

Leaving a legacy

YEL chair Fred Taylor stated the partnership was the primary to be introduced by the Yamatji Southern Regional Corporation and would create continued wealth for traditional owners.

“One of the issues was we at all times spoke about, we aren’t a welfare company, we’re an organisation that’s right here to associate with companions and to create jobs, employment, coaching and wealth so it was an excellent alternative with 4 Ways,” Mr Taylor stated. 

“We’ve bought a land-use settlement that offers us the chance to be industrial and create wealth for us, and we aren’t going to miss out on that.

A yellow cucumber flower on a plant.
A cucumber flower in a greenhouse close to Bootenal south of Geraldton.(ABC Rural: Jo Prendergast)

Mr Songer stated the enlargement would create up to 100 informal jobs and 15 everlasting positions.

“It is a major alternative for the native Geraldton neighborhood,” Mr Songer stated. 

 Mr Taylor stated he needed to see younger individuals and individuals who had been trying for work safe job alternatives. 

Traditional owners and 4 Ways will retain possession of their particular person property, however will farm collectively below the three way partnership.

Mr Songer stated the corporate was ready on native authorities approval to start constructing the tunnels, which it was hoped can be prepared for planting in April.

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