In the face of renewed criticism following the Reef 2050 Plan, cane growers have reached a milestone with best management practice programs.
Canegrowers CEO Dan Galligan said statewide, 56 per cent of Queensland’s cane land had now been benchmarked against the SmartCane Best Management Practice [BMP] guidelines.
A recent study found Queensland would not reach its target of an 80 per cent reduction in run-off by 2025 and some farms may need to be shut down.
However, Mr Galligan said this milestone showed farmers were dedicated to the health and welfare of the Great Barrier Reef.
The benchmark is the first stage of the BMP process where growers assess their current practices; the next stage is accreditation.
“The accreditation is the really important bit for community and outcomes but for us, getting growers motivated to do it in the first place is really important,” Mr Galligan said.
“The program has really gained momentum through the course of the last 12 months as growers are starting to grasp onto it as their approach to deal with environmental sustainability.”