Cane grow­ers in­vest in fu­ture of their in­dus­try

The Northern Star - Northern New South Wales Rural Weekly - - Finda -

BUOYED by sev­eral suc­cess­ful sea­sons and a pos­i­tive out­look for the do­mes­tic sugar mar­ket, the Lower Rich­mond Har­vest­ing Co-op­er­a­tive has in­vested in a new har­vester.

Mark Gra­ham-Jones from the Lower Rich­mond Har­vest­ing Co-op­er­a­tive said buying a new cane har­vester was a ma­jor cap­i­tal in­vest­ment, but one the grow­ers had com­mit­ted to “whole­heart­edly”.

“Adding state-of-the art ma­chin­ery such as this CASE ma­chine en­sures we con­tinue to op­er­ate our har­vest­ing busi­ness at its peak level and de­liver re­turns to our grow­ers and our lo­cal in­dus­try.”

Stand­out fea­tures of the lat­est Austoft har­vester from Case IH in­clude a “smart cruise” en­gine that op­ti­mises fuel use, sin­gle joy­stick steer­ing and trans­mis­sion con­trol and an ex­tended top­per, de­signed for tall cane.

The new ma­chine boasts ef­fi­cien­cies in fuel con­sump­tion, re­duced plant and soil dis­tur­bance and re­duced cane loss.

Peter Shan­non of Shan­non Brothers En­gi­neer­ing at Har­wood de­liv­ered the ma­chine for the much an­tic­i­pated start of the 2017 har­vest sea­son.

“It’s great to see the lo­cal cane in­dus­try in such a strong po­si­tion. Not only do the grow­ers ap­pre­ci­ate the good times, but their suc­cess and op­ti­mism flows through to lo­cal busi­ness and the com­mu­nity,” he said.

Some 720,000 tonnes of cane is ex­pected to be har­vested in the Rich­mond Val­ley and pro­cessed at the Broad­wa­ter mill this year.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

CON­FI­DENCE: Peter Shan­non of Shan­non Bros, Mark Gra­ham-Jones from the Lower Rich­mond Cane Har­vest­ing Co-op, and Lawrence Polga of Case.

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