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Sourcing agave, hay and sweet potatoes

Andrew Forrest expands 'agrifood' operations at WA's Brick House Station

In the past 12 months, billionaire Andrew Forrest has made some significant investments. His latest endeavour is hay, sweet potato, and agave. The focus lies at Brick House Station, located in Western Australia's Gascoyne region, where Harvest Road Group continues to grow its agricultural food operations.

Harvest Road Group general manager of agriculture Kim McDougall said the development of horticulture was key to supporting the agrifood business. Last year, 5,000 agave seedlings were planted across roughly 1 hectare at Brick House Station, with hopes to turn the crop into a marketable product if successful. McDougall said the planting of seedlings was a trial.

Sweet potatoes
Another critical part of the crop rotation is a 10-hectare sweet potato pilot that will be seeded this month, with expectations of growing 40 to 50 tonnes of sweet potato per hectare. McDougall said the impetus behind the idea was growth in the market: "Ninety per cent of the sweet potato consumed in Western Australia comes from the east coast. We've got a real opportunity to be the masters of our own identity here, and we're trialling four varieties including Beauregard, New Orleans, Northern Star, and Hawaiian to look for the best market suitability."

Harvest Road Group has also been busy growing hay to support the cattle business.


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