Farmers key to ‘golden town’

THE Alpine Valley Milling Group (AVMG) is putting a call out to local farmers in a bid to return Myrtleford to its “golden town” days.

THE Alpine Valley Milling Group (AVMG) is putting a call out to local farmers in a bid to return Myrtleford to its “golden town” days.

AVMG director Peter Chugha said now the sale of the former TCV building has been finalised, the company can focus making its “visions grow”.

Mr Chugha said AVMG currently sources its wheat from Benalla, Wangaratta and NSW, but said the company was having trouble finding enough wheat to put through the mill and wanted to encourage ex-tobacco farmers and other famers to contact him about growing wheat.

“We have about 200 – 250 tonnes of wheat coming into the mill per week and we are hoping to triple production once the bakery and bread crumbs production is up and running,” he said.

“We are looking at around 700-800 tonnes of wheat per week and we want local farmers to start thinking about growing wheat.

“We want Myrtleford to become a golden town again and we want to be able to buy our product from locals.” Mr Chugha said the company is looking to employ specialist technicians who can then train local employees.

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