Fo­rum to tackle is­sues

Tablelands Advertiser - - LIFESTYLE -

FARM­ERS across the Table­lands will be given the tools to tackle a range of crit­i­cal is­sues and chal­lenges be­ing faced on the land and in­dus­try wide.

Ma­reeba Dis­trict Fruit and Veg­etable Grow­ers As­so­ci­a­tion (MDFVGA) and North­ern Gulf Re­source Man­age­ment Group have teamed up to ad­dress farmer’s con­cerns, host­ing an Ef­fi­cient Farm­ing Fo­rum in Ma­reeba on April 27.

MDFVGA pres­i­dent Joe Moro said the event aimed to tackle the cru­cial is­sues fac­ing the mod­ern-day farmer.

“En­ergy ef­fi­ciency would be with­out a doubt one of the big­gest chal­lenges we face on the land,” he said.

“Soar­ing elec­tric­ity prices have placed enor­mous pres­sure on our abil­ity to run our busi­nesses and any­thing we can do to re­duce this im­pact, is wel­comed by farm­ers.

“We have se­cured An­drew Cham­ber­lin (as key­note speaker) who is cur­rently man­ag­ing an en­ergy savers pro­gram for the Queens­land Farm­ers Fed­er­a­tion on re­new­able en­ergy to give an in­sight into mea­sures that farm­ers can take.”

Found­ing and man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Queens­land com­pany Swar­mFarm Robotics, An­drew Bate will also talk about the role robotic tech­nol­ogy plays in agri­cul­ture.

Mr Bate be­lieves that ro­bots hold the key to the next wave of pro­duc­tiv­ity gains for hor­ti­cul­ture and crop­ping in­dus­tries. Mr Moro said while the fo­rum would de­liver on the is­sues and chal­lenges fac­ing to­day’s farmer, it too would pro­vide a “big picture” view of agri­cul­ture.

“We are for­tu­nate to have trends ex­pert, Michael McQueen, to speak about the fu­ture of agri­cul­ture,” Mr Moro said.

“Michael is widely recog­nised for hav­ing his fin­ger on the pulse of busi­ness and cul­ture and has helped some of the world’s best-known brands nav­i­gate change and stay ahead of the curve.”

North­ern Gulf Re­source Man­age­ment Group Ex­ec­u­tive co-or­di­na­tor Al­lan Holmes said the fo­rum would also up­date farm­ers on the lat­est tech­nol­ogy in farm ma­chin­ery and drones, and look at the po­ten­tial for de­vel­op­ing over­seas mar­kets. For more in­for­ma­tion about the fo­rum, con­tact fo­rum co-or­di­na­tor Sherri Soncin at sherri@soncinelet­ri­cal.com.au Farm­ers and in­dus­try stake­hold­ers can also reg­is­ter at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ef­fi­cient-farm­ing-fo­rum-2018-tick­ets-43640771723

Pic­ture: Lea Cogh­lan

Ma­reeba District Fruit and Veg­etable Grow­ers As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Joe Moro, and North­ern Gulf Re­source Man­age­ment Group ex­ec­u­tive co­or­di­na­tor Al­lan Holmes, dis­cuss fi­nal plans for the Ef­fi­cient Farm­ing Fo­rum to be held at Ma­reeba In­ter­na­tional Club on...

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