LANCASTER is set to be the home of an Australian first as LaManna Premier Group announced a $50 million retractable roof greenhouse.
LaManna Premier Group (LPG) has announced stage one of a three-stage retractable roof greenhouse facility producing hydroponically grown gourmet loose tomatoes.
The initial $15 million investment in 5 ha of Cravo technology is complete, employing up to 50 staff.
On completion, the project will cover 25ha of undercover growing and the number of employees will grow to more than 200.
Chief executive Anthony Di Pietro said the investment will improve outputs and save resources.
“We’re 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,” he said.
“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.”
“Tomatoes from our Lancaster retractable roof facility will be managed by head grower, Marc Bezuidenhout and his team.
This will complement the open field tomato crops grown at Lancaster with our joint venture partner, Mercuri Family Farms.”