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