Inakwu’s legacy lives on for farm­ing fra­ter­nity

Dubbo Photo News - - Dubbo Weekender - By NATALIE HOLMES

OB­SER­VA­TION of Aus­tralian farm­ing sys­tems has given a group of vis­it­ing African pro­fes­sion­als in­spi­ra­tion to mod­ernise tra­di­tional agri­cul­tural practices in their re­spec­tive home­lands.

The group of 11 se­nior univer­sity re­searchers from Kenya and Tan­za­nia spent three days in the Cen­tral West as part of the East African Aus­tralia Awards Fel­low­ship hosted by the Univer­sity of Syd­ney’s In­sti­tute of Agri­cul­ture and funded through the Depart­ment of For­eign Af­fairs and Trade.

Univer­sity of Syd­ney As­so­ciate Pro­fes­sor Daniel Tan helped to fa­cil­i­tate the pro­gram and said the fel­low­ship is about rev­o­lu­tion­is­ing tra­di­tional African farm­ing meth­ods.

“Fo­cused on agron­omy and crop pro­duc­tion, the visit is pro­vid­ing train­ing for the group who are up­grad­ing their skills,” Prof Tan said.

“They are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the util­i­sa­tion of tra­di­tional and mod­ern tech­nolo­gies for farm sys­tem mod­el­ling to op­ti­mise crop and pas­ture yields and sus­tain­abil­ity, and will con­sider how best to work with their farm­ing stake­hold­ers.

“The cli­mate here is very sim­i­lar to Africa and they wanted to find out how we achieve that in Aus­tralian con­di­tions.”

The visit took in work­ing farms in War­ren, Nar­romine, Dubbo and Or­ange, ob­serv­ing prac­tice in dairy farm­ing, plant breed­ing and seed pro­duc­tion, a Merino sheep stud, a win­ery and com­mer­cial cot­ton farm and gin.

“They have been in­tro­duced to the lat­est re­search and practices in us­ing re­mote sens­ing and geospa­tial anal­y­sis and ap­ply­ing

Se­nior univer­sity re­searchers from Kenya and Tan­za­nia were shown how Aus­tralian farms op­er­ate dur­ing their visit. PHO­TOS: SUPPLIED.

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