New silos increase capacity

New silos increase capacity at Kernow Grain

A major development to increase grain storage facilities at
Kernow Grain, near Bodmin, is complete and four new silos, each
with 1,000 tonnes capacity, are now operational.

Kernow Grain began work to install the new grain silos in April
this year (2010) after receiving a grant of almost £380,000 from
the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE).

The additional four silos have increased the storage facility by
30% and the grain drying capacity doubled to eighty tonnes per hour
throughput.

Kernow Grain Ltd was set up in 1997. It was established to
provide drying and storage facilities to arable farmers in Cornwall
and Devon, to enable them to store and process grain centrally.
Until recently Kernow Grain Ltd had been working to full capacity,
handling 14,000 tonnes of grain and oil seed each year. The
completion of the development will help growth in existing and new
markets.

Of the 4,000 tonnes of additional storage space being created,
2,000 tonnes will be used to process existing allocations and the
other 2,000 is available to meet increased demand and to provide
facilities to farmers interested in joining to co-operative.
Already Kernow Grain has received requests from farmers wishing to
join the co-operative to make use of the storage and processing
facilities.

Kernow Grain Ltd, a 70-member grain farmers’ co-operative, held
an open event for its members on Thursday 4 November to showcase
the completed development. Members were able to tour the new
facilities and meet the contractors from T.H. White Installation
and Gilbert Controls, who were responsible for the development.

Jeremy Oatey, Chairman, of Kernow Grain Ltd said: “We are
extremely proud of the high standard of work that has been carried
out by the working on site this year. The four new silos give
Kernow Grain, and more importantly our members, even better storage
and processing facilities.

“This has been a major development for Kernow Grain and securing
the funding from RDPE has enabled us to grow the business in a way
that directly benefits our members. It shows we are committed to
delivering the very best products to our customers and that we want
to grow the business in a responsible and effective way.”

The RDPE grant contributes half the cost of creating additional
reception and storage bins and enhanced laboratory facilities with
the additional funding from the co-operative.