Farmers showcase Reef conservation

Posted by Nicole Eckersley on 11th June 2010

Four Queensland farmers have been invited to showcase their successful environmental conservation projects as part of a Reef Rescue event in Cairns this week.

The tour was designed to allow interested parties to see first-hand the kinds of changes that famers can make to increase the efficiency and sustainability of farming

“The tour allowed representatives from agricultural and environmental groups and the government to get a grass roots look at how the Reef Rescue program is working on farms,” said Queensland Famers Federation CEO Dan Galligan.

“What they saw were a series of great projects that are making farms more efficient – and also reducing runoff into the Great Barrier Reef.”

The 40 tour participants viewed automated ‘fertigation’ systems, reducing runoff and over-application of nutrients, erosion reduction through animal control, GPS in-field weed identification, shielded sprayers and controlled-traffic farming to reduce compaction, tillage and soil disturbance.

“All of these farms displayed good, modern farm practices. And they not only make commercial and farm sense, these practices are also making really good environmental sense as well,” Mr Galligan said.

Reef Rescue, a partnership between Queensland’s Regional Natural Resource Management Groups and rural industry bodies, is a $200 million, five-year initiative, funded by the Australian Government’s Caring for Our Country Program. The Program aims to improve the quality of water flowing into the Great Barrier Reef Lagoon.