BASF officially commences production of Nodulator® in Australia
- BASF invests $1.6 million to expand production at its Somersby site
- Australian production commences for market leading inoculant, Nodulator®
BASF has officially opened its new biological inoculant production expansion at a ceremony held at BASF’s BioTech Solutions site in Somersby, NSW. The expansion will provide BASF customers with a reliable local supply of its market leading biological inoculant Nodulator®, following the company’s investment of A$1.6 million to enable BASF to keep up with growing demand.
“The addition of granule manufacturing to our site is an exciting development which showcases BASFs dedication to local production and biological growth in the agriculture market. Our team has a high level of expertise when it comes to biological manufacture, so granule production fits the scope of work performed at Somersby perfectly. We’re very proud to be able to deliver this capability right in time for the 2020 pulse season,” said Kathleen Johns, Somersby Site Manager.
The investment demonstrates BASF’s commitment to improving supply confidence, while allowing growers to benefit from quick, easy access to the only locally produced, granular inoculant on the market.
Guests received an in-depth tour of the wider biological production facility and included representatives from Pulse Australia, the Australian Inoculants Research Group (AIRG) and the University of New England.
Nick Goddard, CEO of Pulse Australia said the investment is an exciting development for the Australian Pulse Industry.
“Pulses play a critical role in the crop rotation for Australian farmers and one of the main reasons is their ability to help reduce nitrogen requirements for subsequent crops. Inoculants are critical in this process to ensure the pulses are given every opportunity to grow the nodule that will capture and lock nitrogen in the soil,” said Nick.
“The new facility is very impressive and to see this kind of investment in the pulse industry is very welcome. I’ve learnt a lot more about inoculants from visiting the site and seeing the commitment, knowledge and passion displayed by the whole team.
“The fact that we have global companies prepared to invest in Australia, in the agricultural sector, in the pulse sector, and within the inoculant sector - is very good for the future of the pulse industry in Australia,” added Nick.
Nodulator will soon undergo independent testing by the Australian Inoculants Research Group (AIRG), under the National Code of Practice. Once approved, Nodulator will be the only granular product in the Australian the market to receive an AIRG green tick.
Nodulator is a granular inoculant that promotes the growth of nodules on crop roots to increase the growth and yield of host plants, as well as leaving residual nitrogen in the soil to feed the following crop. Unlike peat inoculants, Nodulator can be conveniently added to the small seeds box at sowing to deliver the product in the planting furrow.
The locally produced Nodulator will be available to customers in time for the 2020 season.