Cit­rus a fo­cus at re­gional fo­rum

Tree cen­sus can al­low for bet­ter mar­ket fore­cast­ing

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Adam McCleery

THE Queens­land Pre-Sea­son Re­gional Fo­rum was held in Gayn­dah on Tues­day, with in­dus­try ex­perts and pro­fes­sion­als on hand to talk about a num­ber of agri­cul­tural top­ics, in­clud­ing cit­rus pro­duc­tion.

Blue Cow Cit­rus prop­erty man­ager Chris Bryant at­tended the fo­rum and found the new tree cen­sus in­for­ma­tion to be very promis­ing.

“This is a post-sea­son wrap up from last year and a pre-sea­son for this year where we will talk about what has changed, ex­port re­quire­ments, re­stric­tions, chem­i­cal us­age and things like that,” Mr Bryant said.

“A big thing is tree cen­sus – Nathan Han­cock from Cit­rus Aus­tralia did a pre­sen­ta­tion on that, which tells us what’s in the ground and also how many trees are un­der three years.

“What that means is if there are 200,000 tonnes of cit­rus this year but 20% are trees un­der three years it will al­low for a fore­cast.”

From this the in­dus­try is able to trans­late that fore­cast into ton­nage at mar­ket.

“We try to see how that will shift things go­ing for­ward,” Mr Bryant said.

“And it al­lows us to look for ar­eas of growth and op­por­tu­nity and work out that we need to de­velop these mar­kets.

“Be­cause if we sit back and wait and that ton­nage comes on and we don’t have an an­swer, then we have missed the boat, it’s strate­gic plan­ning.”

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