Costa is using a different growing method for Tasmanian blueberries, with the first results expected in the coming season.
The berries will be be grown in substrate, in containers rather than in the ground.
The listed fruit and vegetable grower has had strong results with the method on the mainland.
In its 2017-18 financial report, Costa said scheduled regenerative pruning at established, soil-planted blueberry farms in Tasmania had reduced this year’s crop, although that was partly offset by strong production volumes at Corindi, in New South Wales.
Costa said it had progressively reconfigured its Tasmanian farming footprint to create distinct raspberry, blueberry, strawberry and blackberry growing areas.
That would give benefits of scale and growing efficiencies.
“This reconfiguration will be completed in 2019, following a final relocation of 4 hectares of raspberries,” Costa said.
Costa reported net profit after tax of $115.2 million, a virtual doubling of the previous year’s result.
Revenue increased by $93 million to $1.002 billion.
- SEAN FORD