A $1.8 million Victorian Government contribution is set to help an Ardmona orchard upgrade and expand, opening up a dozen new jobs.
The family-owned-and-run Vigliaturo Orchards successfully secured a grant under the government’s Regional Jobs Fund.
Victorian Agriculture Minister Jaala Pulford yesterday revealed the Ardmona orchard — which grows, packs and markets apples, pears and stone fruits — had received the support.
The $1.8 million expansion of its fruit packing and export facility will create 12 new full-time equivalent jobs, a Victorian Government statement estimated, with the project expected to double its packing facility, develop increased cold storage and controlled atmosphere capacity and allow digital grading and packing technology to be purchased and installed.
‘‘The expansion and new technology will increase the company’s daily fruit handling and packing capability from 100 bins to 180 bins,’’ the statement said.
Ms Pulford said her department had worked closely with the business to facilitate investment.
‘‘More jobs mean wages for locals, more money in the local economy, and flow-on benefits for the whole community.’’
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