In a major win for horticulturalists – and a Victorian first – Steritech will open a new X-ray treatment facility that will boost export potential, and provide local producers with a major market advantage.
Set to reduce costs and improve profitability for Victorian producers and exporters, the project involves the construction of 3396sqm of warehouse, buildings, and cool rooms in Epping (a suburb 26 km north of the city centre) at the Melbourne Wholesale Fruit and Vegetable Market– the long-term beneficiary of the facility.
The Victorian Government's A$4.9 million investment will go towards the development of a fresh produce X-ray treatment facility at the Markets. X-ray treatment is a phytosanitary measure – specifically relating to international trade – that adopts new technology for fresh horticultural produce and will assist local growers in meeting export market access requirements.
Victoria's horticulture exporters will gain substantial benefits from the X-ray facility. Not only will transport and handling costs be reduced by 10 per cent, but unlike other treatment options, X-ray treatment doesn't reduce commodity quality and may extend shelf life enabling exporters to meet the increasing demand from international markets for high-quality products.
As a massive win for growers and in further support of Victoria's burgeoning A$1.1 billion horticultural industry, funding has also been provided by the government to secure Steritech's position in Victoria and leverage substantial investment from the company.