B.A.C.E. (Biotech Agricultural Centre of Excellence) underpins the Multikraft story. It is a 95-acre showcase farm that houses the current manufacturing operation and provides the opportunity for knowledge transfer and development of sustainable agricultural practices.
In the future, it will produce all raw materials for products developed both locally and by our Austrian technology partner.
It supports various facets of the Multikraft operation including crops, (4,000 macadamia trees, 3,000 mango trees and 7,500 blueberries in plastic tunnels) and our fermented compost. The Multikraft products are used across the farm to demonstrate methods of improving soil and plant health using probiotics.
In October 2020 we completed an expansion of our production facility, allowing us to increase our output and efficiencies.
Multikraft specialises in the use of beneficial micro-organisms that can be used to produce high quality composts.
The ultimate goal is for maximum profitability and minimal chemical fertilisers and pesticides for farmers, leading to the nutritious, high quality end product for consumers.
Multikraft has been working with the University of Queensland and Central Queensland University, as well as regional groups including the Bundaberg Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association (BFVG) and Burnett Mary Regional Group (BMRG) combined with local, state and federal Governments.
“We have also seen a quantum shift in the mentality of many of the larger, most well respected farmers in the region…” Conor O’Brien, Chief Executive Officer
Bundaberg was chosen as the best location for the facility for several reasons, particularly its proximity to the start of the Great Barrier Reef and the potential for using the technology to reduce run-off and farming impact on the waterways and the reef itself.
The Queensland tour involved a visit to UQ, plus a visit to various farms using or trialling Multikraft products including macadamia, avocado and chilli farms.
CEO of Multikraft Probiotics Australia Conor O’Brien said Bundaberg was an ideal fit for the company.
“We have also seen a quantum shift in the mentality of many of the larger, most well respected farmers in the region, who are looking to a more long-term approach, where soil and plant health is paramount to producing the most profitable, high quality and nutritious product, for educated consumers who also want clean, green foods,” Mr O’Brien said.