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Thursday 21 September 2017

Hi-tech processing plant taking Irish seeds to global markets

The plant will be aiming for both the national and international markets. Stock photo
The plant will be aiming for both the national and international markets. Stock photo
Helen Harris

Helen Harris

Farmers and agri-businesses from as far away as Russia and Kazakhstan will be sowing Irish-treated seeds processed by a new multi-million-euro plan.

The state-of-the art seed processing and distribution facility in Co Waterford unveiled by Seedtech and its sister company DFL will be aiming for both the national and international markets.

Roy Power, group MD, said Ireland was an excellent location in terms of "isolation" as it is an island.

He said the long growing season due to the climate also brought added security. Mr Power pointed out that this allowed the plant more time to develop different traits and it was a benefit few other countries offer.

Mr Power said these combined to make Ireland the "perfect place" for a seed operation.

Orders have already been placed for seeds from Russia, Kazakhstan and other locations.

Farmers attending the opening day were shown the 52,000sqft plant at Belview Port, with the facility designed to have a 100pc clean-down mechanism between the various varieties.

Now, the new facility will allow them to look at the distilling and brewing trade as the machines can clean grain to such a high standard.

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It has the ability to process high-quality cereal and grass seed, along with premium grains for the food industry.

The firm said they hope all seed will be thoroughly cleaned before reaching the facility, but the machines are capable for instance of removing cleavers from oilseed rape seed.

The automated seed dressing facility can allow up to eight different dressings.

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