Grow­ers get in­sights on macadamias

The Western Star - - RURAL WEEKLY -

GROW­ING macadamias could of­fer a new in­come stream for flood­plain farm­ers and North­ern Rivers land­hold­ers, ac­cord­ing to ex­perts ad­dress­ing a work­shop last week.

More than 25 peo­ple at­tended the first of a se­ries of ses­sions look­ing at op­tions for new orchard de­vel­op­ments.

The ini­tia­tive of lo­cal farm­ers is funded by the Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ment through the Farm Co-op­er­a­tive and Col­lab­o­ra­tion Pro­gram, known as Farm­ing To­gether, and sup­ported by Re­gional De­vel­op­ment Aus­tralia North­ern Rivers and NSW DPI and Fish­eries.

The ses­sion, held at Wardell sports club, was fo­cussed on soil and drainage man­age­ment for new orchard de­vel­op­ments.

Speak­ers in­cluded Bal­lina coun­cil en­vi­ron­men­tal of­fi­cer Racheal Jen­ner, Pat Dwyer from NSW Fish­eries, Janus Eras­mus from Fresh­paws con­sult­ing, and Dr Bern­hard Wehr from Univer­sity of Queens­land’s School of Agri­cul­ture and Food Science.

Or­gan­iser Rob­bie Com­mens, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of 2te, said the at­ten­dance ex­ceeded ex­pec­ta­tions.

“The work­shop went re­ally well and there was strong in­ter­est to at­tend the sec­ond work­shop, planned for early Oc­to­ber at Wardell sports club,” he said.

The next work­shop will fo­cus on orchard lay­out and map­ping.

For more de­tails, phone Rob­bie from 2 tonne en­ter­prises (2te) on 0429 553 659 or email rob­bie@2te.com.au.

For fund­ing de­tails, see farm­ing­to­gether.com.au.

PHOTO: ELIZA GOETZE

GROWTH IN­DUS­TRY: North­ern Rivers grow­ers got some hot tips for es­tab­lish­ing macadamia or­chards.

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