Agronico holds 150 different varieties and harvest tubers 2-3 times a week
"We are now the only people producing the tubers hydroponically, most people plant them in a pot with peat and don't know what they've got until they are dug up," explains Robert Graham CEO.
Hydroponic minitubers are 100% virus free. With the hydroponic method you can see what is growing
"Using our method we can see exactly what we have as they are developing. We also produce field grown generations. They come out of the lab disease free and are planted for three consecutive years in the field until we have sufficient quantity to sell to the growers, this is what we call G3."
Agronico grow a range of interesting varieties.
These G3 seed potatoes are then sold to some of the biggest potato growers in Australia. Agronico's model for seed production is a little bit different to anyone else in Australia.
The Atlantic variety which is good for crisps
The new cool storage facility
"Tasmania has less of the potato diseases or pests found on the mainland and we have seen the biggest part of our growth in recent years with growers there."
Airflow and temperature controlled by a touch screen
This low pest status is also helping Agronico in the Australian market, they have gone from exporting 3,000 tons to 10,000 tons in just 4 years, the only reason that it is not more is that it takes time to produce the tubers.
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