GRAINCORP will export its first substantial shipment of faba beans in almost a decade through the Port of Portland later this month.
The shipment of an estimated 20,000 tonnes is due to be loaded on the Sainty Vitality later this month.
Trucks carrying the beans have already started arriving at GrainCorp’s terminal at the port for storage before export.
The beans will be headed to Egypt where they will be used in making flat bread.
GrainCorp’s regional manager for the Middle East, Africa and Japan Nick Poutney said that according to the the port’s records, the largest shipment of faba beans out of Portland in over a decade was 11,000 tonnes on the MV Marinicki in late January 2002 bound for Dubai.
“Our stock for the Sainty Vitality is predominately sourced from the Wimmera and the south-eastern corner of South Australia,” he said.
“The most northern stock for this vessel has been accumulated around Bordertown and includes Horsham, Frances and Naracoorte across the southern Wimmera.”
The pending export has buoyed GrainCorp’s Portland manager Steve Walker and Port of Portland chief executive officer Jim Cooper.
Mr Cooper said that in recent times, the faba bean crop had been exported through the Port of Melbourne in containers.
Read more in Wednesday’s Portland Observer.