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Milling Our Own Pollen

In order to provide our growers with a ‘one stop shop’ for all their pollination requirements, Aongatete has purchased and set up our own pollen mill.

We now have a state of the art mill, cyclone and set of dryers supplied by Verikiwi Limited. After years of designing and running their own pollination equipment (milling and application) Carlos Verissimo and his team have come up with a beautifully designed, practical set-up.

The equipment is a modern and compact take on the “run of the mill” design which, without compromising on throughput or quality, is perfect for smaller operators such as Aongatete.

The images below show the various parts in their current state, prior to being operational.

  From left: Milling equipment for separating anthers, dryer for drying anthers, cyclone for separating pollen from anthers & bottling

From left: Milling equipment for separating anthers, dryer for drying anthers, cyclone for separating pollen from anthers & bottling

The addition of a mill completes the pollination supply chain:
- Producing quality male flower on orchard
- Picking flower
- Processing male flower
- Supply of beehives
- Applying pollen on orchard

Subject to supply, we are set up to process over 100 tonnes of male flower during the flowering period, with an aim to provide another option for both Aongatete and independent growers when looking at milling facilities and pollen suppliers.

We look forward to this new venture and are expecting great results from our new mill. Prior to the flower-picking season we will offer a short tour of the mill for interested Aongatete growers.

For more information contact Aaron Hokopaura or your Grower Services Rep.

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