Cane growers embrace drive for sustainability

This article was originally published in the Cairns Post on 9 October 2019


Project Cane Changer has brought cane growers together from across the Cairns region to celebrate progress made towards a more sustainable industry.

Cane Changer project leader Dr John Pickering provided growers with an update and thanked them for their ongoing commitment to working proactively and telling their story.

“A lot can certainly change over the years and it’s no different for Cairns growers,” Dr Pickering said. “In fact, these declarations show that Cairns growers involved in the project have changed well over 500 practices in the past decade.

“The majority of growers involved in the project are using fallow crops, subsurface fertiliser application and have made large-scale changes to their farm layout and drainage systems”

On the night at Fishery Falls, south of Cairns, growers were presented with a Cane Changer Declaration highlighting the practices they have changed over the years to improve productivity and protect the environment.

More than 70 growers across the district have become involved in the Cane Changer project since it was launched in 2016.

Cairns region grower, Steven Bonso, holding his Cane Changer Declaration with Cairns region Smartcane BMP Facilitator, Joel Tierney.

Cairns region grower, Steven Bonso, holding his Cane Changer Declaration with Cairns region Smartcane BMP Facilitator, Joel Tierney.

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