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Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - BUSINESS -

MACKAY Su­gar Ltd which owns the Moss­man mill is seek­ing to top up sup­plies of cane from prop­er­ties on the Table­lands from next year.

The com­pany re­cently sub­mit­ted a re­port to the Table­lands Re­gional Coun­cil which ex­plained nine farm­ers from the Tolga, Ather­ton and Ma­reeba ar­eas had ex­pressed an in­ter­est in grow­ing su­gar cane.

If the farm­ers did switch to su­gar cane pro­duc­tion, it would re­quire B-Dou­ble trucks on a num­ber of coun­cil-con­trolled roads.

The re­port said that in the past, the coun­cil had agreed to a pro­gram of in­ter­sec­tion up­grades with the in­dus­try.

Mackay Su­gar is of­fer­ing four-year con­tracts for grow­ers and will also ad­vise grow­ers on the best type of grain to grow for their soil.

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