ONE of Australia's leading producers and suppliers of organic herb, vegetable and garden seeds, Beautanicals Herbs and Seeds, is to put down roots in the Mary Valley.
Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney said the company had taken a development lease on 3.54ha of land at Federal.
"The addition of Beautanicals Herbs and Seeds will lift full-time jobs created in the Mary Valley to more than 75," Mr Seeney said.
"(It) is recognised as an Australian leader in a number of herb and seed categories and will develop its project over the next six month period."
Chairman of the Mary Valley Economic Advisory Group and Member for Gympie David Gibson said the company currently exported its herbs and seeds around the world, including the United States, Spain, France, Poland and parts of Asia.
"The Mary Valley operation, once it is in full production, is set to create up to seven local jobs that would focus on horticulture," Mr Gibson said.
Beautanicals Herbs and Seeds co-owner Mark Beaumont said after researching locations along the east coast of Australia, he considered the Mary Valley was the most moderate and reliable in terms of climate, temperature, rainfall and access to infrastructure that he had encountered.
"The essentially agricultural nature of the valley also ensures that organic farming will not be compromised in the future," Mr Beaumont said.
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