Positive move by ag sector
A $10 MILLION Australian Government investment, through the Reef Trust III program, is providing more local extension support to cane growers by working with them on sustainable management practices.
The Wet Tropics Sugar Industry Partnership (WTSIP) is delivering the program through a team of 10 extension officers who are working oneon-one and with groups of growers across the Wet Tropics.
The partnership is a collaboration between 15 partners including local organisations Canegrowers Mossman and Mossman Agricultural Services.
WTSIP chairman Joe Marano said all 15 partners recognised the importance of working together to help achieve a more sustainable cane industry.
“There is a lot of investment coming into the region and we want to make sure that it benefits cane growers with improved yields and profits as well as achieving water quality outcomes for the Great Barrier Reef,” he said.
The team of extension officers are working within partner organisations.
Regional extension officer Daryl Parker and district extension officer, Tim Liebelt are working in the Mossman region and are hosted by Mossman Agricultural Services.
Mr Parker said they were working with existing extension programs in Mossman, which was why they were being hosted by Mossman Ag.
“Tim will initially be working with Rebecca Stone in helping local growers develop whole of farm nutrient management plans. However, in the longer term he will be working not just on nutrients but on the whole farming system, including pesticides and sediment,” he said.
To find out more about the Wet Tropics Sugar Industry Partnership and its programs go to www.wtsip.org.au.
Cane farmer, Chris McClelland and extension officer Tim Liebelt are excited about a new program to help improve water quality in the Great Barrier Reef lagoon.