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The development would see Manuka honey production, as well as
value-adding opportunities in packaging, research and tourism, to supply
what is believed to be medical-grade Manuka honey to domestic and international markets.
ManukaLife have selected the Yarloop area, which was devastated by bushfire in January 2016 as their location of choice following successful trial plantations in the region.
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Managing director Paul Callander said of the
five trial sites across the south-west — Great Southern, Wheatbelt, and
the shires of Harvey, Waroona and Peel — showed the most promise.
the areas across the south-west we planted in different soil types —
clay, gravel and sand — [and] they've done particularly well in the
sandy country," he said.
"Around the Harvey area, for example,
that Bassendean sand, they're a pioneer species so they go down the
capillary root action quite quickly with their roots. So as long as they
can get established in the water they're away."
However, there is more to premium grade Manuka honey than strong plant growth.
honey can attract prices over $100 per kilogram if it is thought to
contain methylglyoxal — a compound believed to contain anti-bacterial