Agronico was founded
Agronico was founded by agronomist Julian Shaw (BAgrSc) as a consultancy business, providing independent advice to growers.
Agronico had grown to 10+ employees and 2 divisions with increasing contracts for growers and agri-business across TAS.
Hydroponic minituber trials
In 1997 Agronico’s R&D team started running trials on hydroponic potatoes. These trials indicated the method had the potential to improve the efficiency of potato propagation.
These trials were supported in 2001 with an AusIndustry grant for innovation. The effect of the grant was to take this from an idea to a fledgling commercial business.
A second grant
AusIndustry provided a further grant to develop processes for production of high quality predictable seed potato tubers.
Building a factory
Agronico purchases the property at 4 Cockers Creek, Spreyton and converts a factory for efficient potato grading and cutting.
A further grant
A further grant allowed expansion to a wire mesh potato grader which provided efficiency and minimised any handling damage to the potatoes.
Largest potato coolstore in Tasmania open
Agronico opens a state of the art coolstore in Spreyton, the largest of its kind in Tasmania.