The Chinese company developing the second stage of the Ord irrigation scheme in Western Australia, has bought the old Kununurra sugar mill. Kimberley Agricultural Investments (KAI) is currently developing 13,400 hectares of irrigated land and has purchased the sugar mill which sits on a 19 hectare block. The property is currently being used as offices and has not been a working mill since the collapse of the local sugar industry almost seven years ago…Full Article: ABC Rural July 2014

Key Point

  • It was noted that even though sugar production is the long term goal of the Ord irrigation scheme, the mill will be used to process sorghum into ethanol.

ChinaAg Comment

  • In November 2012, Shanghai Zhongfu Group won the right to develop 13,400-hectares (US$728 million investment) of farmland in the Ord valley, East Kimberley region, Western Australia.

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