Smart­cane BMP Farm­ing

Isis Town and Country - - Front Page - Jodie Dixon Jodie.Dixon@isistc­news.com.au

THE Isis Cane Sup­ply Area has four grow­ers ac­cred­ited un­der the statewide Smart­cane Best Man­age­ment Pro­gram (BMP).

The fourth lo­cal re­cip­i­ent of the ac­cred­i­ta­tion was John Rob­son, an Isis Cane Ser­vices Mill farm.

Lo­cal and Smart­cane BMP fa­cil­i­ta­tor Bruce Quinn pre­sented John Rob­son with the cer­tifi­cate of ac­cred­i­ta­tion. The Isis Cane Ser­vices is the 100th statewide ac­cred­i­ta­tion re­cip­i­ent.

Mr Quinn said the pro­gram is de­signed to im­prove farm­ing prac­tices and main­tain qual­ity prod­ucts.

“The pro­gram is de­signed by sugar cane ex­perts, grow­ers and science,”

“It’s driven by cane­grow­ers and owned by the farm­ers,” Mr Quinn said.

The in­dus­try has de­vel­oped a se­ries of pro­grams for farm­ers to im­prove the qual­ity of prod­uct and to re­duce the im­pact on the en­vi­ron­ment and to im­prove busi­ness.

Mr Quinn has four decades of skill and knowl­edge in the sugar cane in­dus­try with par­tic­u­lar ex­pe­ri­ence with the iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and con­trol of sug­ar­cane pests and dis­eases.

For the past 13-years Mr Quinn has worked as a pro­duc­tiv­ity of­fi­cer en­sur­ing the fu­ture growth of the in­dus­try where he dis­trib­uted new cane va­ri­eties to farm­ers and in­spected crops.

“I want to en­cour­age all sug­ar­cane farm­ers to be part of the BMP,” Mr Quinn said.

“The ac­cred­i­ta­tion is to en­sure bet­ter prac­tices by farm­ers and to im­prove in­dus­try stan­dards,”

Cane­grow­ers in Queens­land rep­re­sents the big­gest or­gan­i­sa­tion in farm­ing and the cane­grow­ers have been in talks with the gov­ern­ment to de­ter­mine ways to im­prove wa­ter qual­ity run­ning off farm­ing land to the Bar­rier Reef.

Since the start of 2016 the gov­ern­ment have promised to rein­tro­duce reg­u­la­tions forc­ing farm­ers to meet qual­ity wa­ter stan­dards.

Mr Quinn said the new sys­tem should not be feared, it’s to im­prove busi­ness.

“I en­cour­age cane farm­ers to have a look at the web­site and se­ri­ously con­sider be­com­ing ac­cred­ited,”

The ac­cred­i­ta­tion process starts with fill­ing out the forms on the web­site and farm­ers can see were they sit in the scheme of things.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion on the topic or to be BMP ac­cred­ited, visit smart­cane.com.au.

PHOTO: JODIE DIXONBIT170616ISISMILL02

SMART FARM­ING: Cane farmer John Rob­son with pro­duc­tiv­ity of­fi­cer Bruce Quinn.

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