‘Money trees’ for farm­ers

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - PAUL MIL­TON BUT­LER

PORT Dou­glas and Moss­man farm­ers can now plant their own “money trees” un­der the Fed­eral Govern­ment’s car­bon farm­ing ini­tia­tive.

La­bor’s car­bon farm­ing scheme, which be­gan last week, pays farm­ers for plant­ing trees to help re­duce car­bon pol­lu­tion but the trees planted must be na­tive to their par­tic­u­lar re­gion.

Plant­ing trees na­tive to the lo­cal area is just one of the meth­ods the Govern­ment has ap­proved for farm­ers who take part in a bid to help re­duce the car­bon foot­print.

Chair­man of the Or­ganic Fed­er­a­tion of Aus­tralia An­dre Leu said any ini­tia­tive to help re­duce the re­gion’s car­bon foot­print has to be sup­ported.

“One of the best ways to do this is with or­ganic farm­ing whereby all of the or­ganic and car­bon ma­te­ri­als go back into the soil and plant­ing trees is just one of the ef­fec­tive ways to do this,” he said.

“But to get the full ben­e­fit of ’car­bon farm­ing’ the right trees must be planted in the right re­gions with the right soil types and the right amount of rain­fall or it will not be as ef­fec­tive.

“We are lucky in Aus­tralia be­cause we have ac­cess to many ex­perts who know trees and who know how to best help peo­ple grow them.”

All liv­ing or­gan­isms con­tain car­bon and 50 per cent of the dry weight of the av­er­age tree is car­bon.

It is one of six ma­jor Green­house Gasses (GHGS) that con­trib­ute to global warm­ing.

Man-made emis­sions of the green­house gasses re­sult in the ’en­hanced’ green­house ef­fect.

The rea­son trees are the only crop in­cluded in the car­bon pric­ing re­duc­tion scheme is be­cause it re­lates to ac­cred­i­ta­tion re­quire­ments whereby the car­bon stores are mea­sur­able and per­ma­nent.

Crops such as su­gar are har­vested an­nu­ally and the car­bon stored within the crop is trans­formed and in many cases re­leased back to the environment.

For tips on how to re­duce your in­di­vid­ual car­bon foot­print visit www. cli­mates­mart. qld. gov. au/ get_in­volved/low_­car­bon_diet

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.