Viterra hosts South Australian Durum Growers Association forum tour

Viterra was pleased to offer growers and industry representatives a tour around its facilities as part of South Australian Durum Growers Association Inc’s (SADGA) 2022 forum last week.

Over 60 people attended the day which included looking around Viterra’s state of the art laboratory and Outer Harbor export terminal where they watched a ship load.

SADGA Chairperson Mark McInerney says the tour of Viterra’s facilities was an eye opening experience.

“Growers are used to pulling the truck up to the site, seeing the grain tested and unloaded and then leaving, but the tour allowed us to get an understanding of what happens after delivery,” Marks says.

“We saw how Viterra ensures the quality of the grain is upheld in storage, and the many tests they carry out on samples.

“It was also interesting to see how Viterra ensures the accuracy of classification across its network. Seeing the effort that goes into ensuring classification standards are upheld gives you the confidence the grade you receive is the one it should be.”

After the tour, attendees received industry updates from a range of speakers including Viterra Wheat & Durum Senior Trader Tom Smibert who spoke about durum markets in Australia and globally.

Mark says SADGA’s forum is a great way to bring growers from across the state together.

“We hold our forum each year to provide growers with information relating to durum and support connections across the industry.”

Viterra is a proud sponsor of SADGA which is a not-for-profit, membership based, single commodity group whose mission is to promote the quality and quantity of durum grain production in Southern Australia.

The company also supports the following grower community groups; South Australian No-Till Farming Association (SANTFA), the MacKillop Farm Management Group (MFMG), Monarto Ag Bureau, and HART.

Viterra is pleased to work with grower groups to showcase our world-class network and looks forward to a return to regular tours this year.