In a $275million investment, Ingham’s Enterprises have announced they will be expanding their facilities to double its capacity in breeding, hatching, processing, feed production and product distribution across South Australia.
The Monarto, Yumali and Murray Bridge sites are among 15 sites that will be developed.
Premier Jay Weatherill announced the investment and said new jobs will be created through the expansion.
“It will mean 700 jobs in construction and 850 jobs ongoing full time jobs which have great security,” he said.
However, when looking at the breakdown of jobs, the Murraylands and Mallee will only see around 30 direct and ongoing jobs while most will be at Bolivar in North Adelaide.
It is predicted that Yumali will have 25 new direct jobs, the Murray Bridge Feedmill will produce four new direct jobs and the Murraylands Hatchery will provide none. There will, however, be around 400 jobs provided indirectly through transport and trades.
Ingham’s Chief Excecutive Chairman Mick McMahon said the reason for the investment is that chicken is the most popular meat in Australia and the demand for it continues to grow.
“We are investing around $20 million in doubling the size of the hatchery here at Murraylands, around $70 million to expand breeder farms at Monarto, and new Greenfields site at Yumali,” he said.
“We see SA as a hub for future production and investment.
“SA is very well positioned in food and has good access to grains and production and also transport.”
Rural City of Murray Bridge Mayor Brenton Lewis said it is a great investment.
“If we didn’t have this here, the chickens would be coming from Victoria,” he said.
“It will provide plenty of job opportunities for young people in the Murraylands and at the moment, the food industry is a standout.”
He said it is great to have the new development at Yumali.
“It is a result of bio-security, the farm has to be far enough away from other animal farms and also water and lakes,” Mr Lewis said.
“I was involved with the area mapping and often we would find a spot that was good for infrastructure but not bio-security, or the other way around.”
The Yumali site got full development approval this week and is expected to be up and running by February 2017.
Construction of new sheds will continue over the next two to three years.