16 March, 2022
More than 120 attendees at the Herbert Walk and Talk Day on 9 March heard there’s a strong sense of optimism for the future of the local industry.
The event was coordinated by Herbert Cane Productivity Services Limited (HCPSL) with Sugar Research Australia (SRA), Stoller and Nufarm among the sponsors.
HCPSL Manager Lawrence Di Bella said the event at HCPSL’s Macknade farm highlighted innovation and included annual awards recognising a strong commitment to improved productivity for the industry.
“That’s really to recognise those people who are putting themselves on the line and doing things that are innovative and that drive their productivity,” Lawrence said. “Our award winners are progressive in the industry and show leadership on their farm in research, development, extension or any other aspect of our industry.”
He said award recipients expressed their excitement about a positive future for the industry.
“They can see that the industry has now really lifted and is trying to push the boundaries to actually increase that productivity, drive sustainability and try to put more dollars back in the industry,” Lawrence said. “A lot of them commented today that they are happy to see that the industry is moving forward and that it has a future.”
SRA hosted a stall showcasing promising new varieties and sponsored the award for harvesting efficiency.
Read more about harvesting efficiency and a new harvesting decision support tool in development by SRA and the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, in the April edition of Cane Matters.