China Forage Seed Project -
Jointly Funded by the Australian Government Concessionary Finance
Facility and the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture.
This current project was part of an overall strategy to supplement
existing fodder production, forage grass and legume seed supply in China
and in so doing improve the sustainability of farming systems and raise
the incomes of poor rural families.
The project comprised of four sub projects:
Chifeng in Inner Mongolia (345km north East of Beijing)
Qingdoa in Shandong province (420km South East of Beijing)
Yunchen in Shanxi province (735km South West of Beijing)
Wudi in Shandong province (255km South of Beijing)
The Kimseed lead consortium provided:
Agricultural machinery tailored for each project's specific
Agro-chemicals and fertilisers including micro nutrients
Technical Assistance - advice on agronomic management, use of
machinery for land preparation, seeding, harvesting and seed
treatment both in Australia and under local conditions, and
Training both in China and in Australia to strengthen the
technical know how of the recipient regions.
At the completion of this unique and challenging project, the four
sub-projects were successful in generating the following outputs:
Increased feed for animals in winter and spring when hay is
in short supply
Reduce reliance on imported seed
Rehabilitate land that has been degraded
Protect the environment
Utilise surplus labour
Raise income levels of poor people.
This project ran until early 2000, entailed
specialised procedures for rapid erosion control and revegetation
management of the steep slopes around the site, prior to and during the
wet season. Schedules for the supply and operation of purpose-built
machinery, products and training of local people are also an integral
component of the contract taking place on the worlds largest mine
Kimseed were awarded contracts on the Batu Hijau mine
site, firstly with the mine construction company (Fluor Daniel
Indonesia) in 1997 and then with the mining company itself (Pt Newmont).
The value of contracts since the company began its work in Indonesia
The formation of our foreign investment company, Pt Kimseed Enviro,
in Indonesia facilitates our expansion into this region.
In July 1997, Kimseed secured a $350,000 contract for Dryland &
Rangeland Seeders and unique machinery trailers for the Kurdish
community in Northern Iraq. This specialised equipment was to enable the
local people to efficiently collect and sow their own local seed for
pasture improvement and sustainable crop management.
A 1997 project stemming from visits by Libyan Government officials
and Kimseed representatives resulted in an initial machinery contract of
$1.3million and over half a million dollars of pasture seed. Soil
conservation and forage improvement projects in locations adjoining the
Sahara Desert demanded an extensive range of machinery and equipment.
Many of the machines were designed and adapted in association with other
machinery manufacturers throughout Australia. Libyan personnel were
trained in Libya by Kimseed staff.
In the 1997-99 period, Kimseed also exported to:
Southern Africa - Seed Processing machinery
Burma - Pasture seed for rehabilitation projects
Morocco - Pasture seed
International Rural Development Projects
Kimseed is a major supplier to bilateral and multilateral aid
programs throughout the world. The Group's largest clients include The
United Nations (FAO and UNDP), GTZ German Aid, DANIDA Danish Aid and the