|October 10, 2003,
Tasmania Department of Primary Industries, Water and Environment:
Organic production in Tasmania has been given a morale
boost with the announcement that Bellamy’s Organic
Farms Tasmania has bought the Parramatta Creek Orchards.
Minister for Primary Industries, Water and Environment
Bryan Green said the $3.4-million deal was a vote of confidence
in Tasmania’s fledgling organics industry.
Mr. Green said the company planned to convert the 130
ha Parramatta Creek Orchards to organic production over
the next 6 years - making it one of the biggest organic
orchards in the world. It also intends to re-commission
the processing factory on site.
"The operation of the factory should allow smaller
and fledgling operators to process product on a contract
basis," Mr. Green said. "Demand for organic
products is increasing and there is no doubt there are
opportunities to expand the Tasmanian industry. Bellamy’s
hopes this new venture will enable Tasmania to become
a significant player in organics nationally and internationally."
"While conventional farming is being done on a
sustainable basis and there are significant opportunities
to grow the sector, the organics industry broadens the
middle ground and enhances Tasmania’s reputation
as a producer of clean quality food."
Mr. Green said Tasmania’s organics industry was
worth more than $3 million to the State.
"With more than 86 certified producers and another
50 in various stages of certification, Tasmania has
the largest acreage under organic farming per head of
population in Australia. This Parramatta Creek deal
is a positive step towards the realization of the Tasmania
Together goal of achieving a 700 per cent increase in
organic production by 2020. The State Government has
made a significant commitment to support the development
of the organics industry in the State, most recently
with the formation of the Ministerial Organics Advisory
The existing workforce at Parramatta Creek will be
maintained with more staff expected to be needed as
the conversion of the orchard and re-commissioning of
the factory began.