A RECENTLY constructed hydroponics operation at Mutdapilly is on the market, offering investors an opportunity to secure the latest technology in crop production.
The Scenic Rim farm located 50km from Rocklea Markets is described as being suitable for any hydroponic endeavour, including growing lettuce varieties and Asian vegetables.
The necessary infrastructure is also in place for tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers.
Production ceased at Southern Cross Hydroponics in February 2017 after less than 12 months of operation.
The site has been fully maintained to new condition. The new owner will be able to grow the produce of their choice as well as expand to utilise the full capacity of the site.
There are seven hydroponic blocks. The necessary processing, storage and transport infrastructure is also in place.
The site consists of about 32 hectares (79 acres) of dual road frontage including 750m to the Cunningham highway. The balance of the country is currently used to graze cattle.
The Autogrow fertigation system services 120,000 hydroponic plants with 20,000sq m of 12mm quad netting in place. A reverse osmosis system and water license provides ample clean water.
Using Nutrient Film Technology controlled by the Autogrow system the site was previously quality certified for a range of Asian vegetables including bok choy, choy sum, lettuce, fancy and pak choy.
Water is supplied from Warill Creek West as well as on-farm storages including tanks and dams.
Other improvements include a 15x36m packing shed, five room accommodation block, staff meals area, three freezer containers, site office, maintenance shed, pump sheds, loading dock, kitchen, toilet block, and security cameras. Some basic plant and machinery is also included in the sale.
Though only operational for a short period, the business had engaged customers and the production modelling was functional with up to 15 staff working on site.
Southern Cross Hydroponics is being offered through an expressions of interest campaign through Colliers International, which closes on February 22.
Contact Jim Guilfoyle, 0407 705 733, or Ben Forrest, 0427 580 000, Colliers International.