Cane farmers eye improvements
SUGARCANE farmers from the region rolled up to the Mossman Agricultural Services shed last week to discuss strategies to improve productivity next season.
After a difficult 10 years of low income and heavy rainfall on their crops, local growers are struggling to feel confident about the future of their industry.
Mossman Agricultural Services manager Daryl Parker said a variety of topics were discussed at the meeting to inform local farmers.
“It is an informative meeting for all local growers which we have about three to four times a year to discuss productivity, future projects and research,” he said.
“Obviously we want to produce more cane so I guess the information part is letting grow- ers know about the projects, services and results involved in the sugar cane industry.”
“One of the projects is researching into different farming methods, farming machinery and in particular machinery for spreading mud.”
Grower Drew Watson said the Douglas region’s productivity levels could definitely be improved.
“The Mossman Mill has had a tough few years and so farmers were getting less for their cane and we have had a bad run with the weather.
“So I think there is a lack of confidence in the future of the sugar cane industry and I think it needs some financial support,” he said.
“Confidence in the industry is slowly coming back but this year it rained so much it dampened everyone’s spirits because we couldn’t do the work we wanted to do.”