THE Co-operative Group's Farmcare business has strengthened its Scottish arable interests with the purchase of a major 20,000-tonne grain drying and storage facility near Berwick-on-Tweed.
The purchase of Border Grain at Charterhall has led to the creation of Farmcare Grain to service cereal and oilseeds growers in the Borders area where Farmcare already works 8,000 acres.
"This represents a significant strategic investment," said Ian Taylor, head of commercial operations for Farmcare, which has used the facility, as a member of the Border Grain co-operative, for the past 15 years.
"Access to the full 20,000 tonne grain capacity will mean greater flexibility for our arable strategy in that area."
Doug Niven, arable operations manager for Farmcare, added: "This purchase, which represents the first of its kind made by Farmcare highlights our commitment to the Borders and to Scottish farming."
Farmcare manages 85,000 acres on 25 sites throughout the UK and is a major producer of arable, vegetable and fruit crops.