LaManna Premier Group has announced stage one of a three-stage $50million retractable roof greenhouse facility near Lancaster, to produce hydroponically grown gourmet loose tomatoes.
The initial $15million investment in Cravo technology covering 5ha is now complete, employing up to 50 staff.
On completion, the three-stage project will offer 25ha of undercover growing and the number of employees will grow to more than 200.
Group chief executive officer Anthony Di Pietro said they were creating an environmentally sustainable growing facility.
‘‘This not only minimises water and power usage but increase yields, quality and consistency, which is exciting for our customers.
‘‘We get the benefits of growing outdoors by opening the roof when the weather conditions are good, and protecting the crops from the elements when they are not so favourable,’’ he said.
‘‘Tomato supply from our Lancaster retractable roof facility will be managed under the guidance of experienced head grower Marc Bezuidenhout and our team. This will complement the existing open field tomato crops also grown at Lancaster with our joint venture partner, Mercuri Family Farms.’’