Ravensdown Ltd., one of the pivotal manufacturers and suppliers of fertilizers to the New Zealand agricultural sector, has scarcely made an announcement with regards to a major capital project. Sources state that the company will be setting up a new plant in New Plymouth in what has been touted as one of the largest projects of the country.
As per authentic reports, the new Ravensdown fertilizer blending plant in New Plymouth has become one of New Zealand’s largest capital projects costing $30 million. Ravensdown had opened a similar state-of-the-art blending plant in Christchurch in 2016 making the New Plymouth plant the second such precision blending plant in New Zealand. Greg Campbell, the Ravensdown Chief Executive, was apparently quoted stating that the New Plymouth blending plant is projected to revolutionize the way farmers in Taranaki and the surrounding regions obtain and use fertilizers and will also help in increasing the economic and ecological benefits through the course of the supply chain.
For the record, the new blending plant covers a massive 7.5 ha area and around 12,500 cubic meters of soil had to be removed to construct the plant site. The precision blending plant undertakes precise blending and coatings of fertilizers that are made to order and are of commendable quality. Greg Campbell has been reported to have commented on the sheer size of the plant and even commented that as a co-operative, Ravensdown aims to invest and build plants such as these to improve their services to shareholders and help to grow premium quality food.
According to Campbell, farmers will be able to order fertilizer blends that will be custom made to suit their soil test results. He further added that using these precisely blended fertilizers along with Ravensdown’s precision spreading technology will enable smart farming. With Ravensdown’s digital mapping, farmers will be able to spread the exact amounts of nutrients required, thus, limiting the environmental impact of fertilizers, cite experts.
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