China reaps rewards of farm plunge


Brad Thompson
November 23, 2013


China reaps rewards of farm plungeFarm manager Jimmy Hutchinson. Picture: Steve Ferrier/The West Australian


The writing is on the wall for anyone who doubts China’s plans to invest billions of dollars for a big stake in WA agriculture.

And the message in Mandarin across the iconic corrugated iron shed is Reliance Pragmatism Innovation Excellence, as one of China’s biggest state-owned conglomerates races through an historic first harvest near Lake King.

The Beidahuang Group is working around the clock to answer critics who said it would not grow enough grain to feed the chooks.

The attacks came after its Australian operating arm bought and leased 85,500ha of Wheatbelt farmland in a little over six months to begin operations in WA.

It is harvesting non-stop, 24 hours a day, covering up to 800ha a day this week using four New Holland CR9090 headers each worth $580,000 and…

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