23 June, 2022
Thursday 23 June 2022
Sugar Research Australia is calling for Expressions of Interest from cane growers in the Burdekin, to improve their irrigation management practices, and enhance productivity and sustainability.
This is the third round of funding through the Burdekin Irrigation Project (BIP) where cane growers in the region can access expert services and support. Through the project, coordinated by Sugar Research Australia (SRA), local service providers Burdekin Productivity Services (BPS), Farmacist and AgriTech Solutions (ATS) work alongside growers to transition to proven, scalable, sustainable, and technologically advanced irrigation practices.
SRA’s Burdekin District Manager Terry Granshaw, explains that growers have different levels of options as a participant.
“Participation in the project means one-on-one support,” Mr Granshaw said. “Growers can choose the best scenario for their own irrigation system.
“A key part of the process is to measure current water and energy use, through an irrigation baseline assessment. From this, a recommendation will be made to improve the current system by upgrading with smart technology that provides savings across the project area.”
Chris Richards, farm manager with Woods Pastoral (pictured above left, with SRA Project Officer Armin Wessel) is involved in the Burdekin Irrigation Project and installed an automated irrigation through the first round of the funding in 2021.
“We were struggling to effectively deliver our irrigation water in an efficient manner when taking into consideration both labour and crop water requirements,” Mr Richards said.
“On first inspection it looked like the Burdekin Irrigation Project could help us. And after the project team made their assessment, we installed a computerised irrigation system to automate the water change process. As a result, we’ve seen positive outcomes that have allowed remote irrigation changes and shutdowns, reduced labour costs and increased on-farm water-use efficiency. Overall, the project has helped us improve our farm management systems.”
For more information or to express your interest in this opportunity for Burdekin sugarcane famers, contact SRA’s Project Officer Armin Wessel at Brandon on 0436 937 555 or Terry Granshaw on 0457 650 181.
Completed EOI forms are required by Friday 8 July 2022.
- Please note this may be the last call for expressions of interest.
- The Burdekin Irrigation Project will run until June 2024 and includes a strong focus on implementing innovative technologies to align the region’s sugarcane farms with the latest irrigation practices.
The Burdekin Irrigation Project is funded by the partnership between the Australian Government’s Reef Trust and the Great Barrier Reef Foundation with support from Sugar Research Australia, Farmacist Pty Ltd , Agritech Solutions, Burdekin Productivity Services, NQ Dry Tropics NRM, JCU: James Cook University, Australia and the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries.
DOWNLOAD THE BURDEKIN IRRIGATION PROJECT Round 3 EOI Form