29 April 2014
Australian Cane Farmers Association (ACFA) has welcomed Sugar Research Australia’s (SRA) inaugural 2013/2014- 2017/18 Strategic Plan announced today.
The plan was launched at the Australian Society of Sugar Cane Technologist (ASSCT) Conference currently being held at Jupiters Casino on the Gold Coast.
Speaking from the Conference, ACFA Chairman Don Murday, said he was pleased with the Plan as it showed that SRA had listened to the industry.
“The eight key focus points of the Plan are encouraging. We particularly welcome SRA’s commitment to develop economically-feasible alternative products and uses for sugarcane,” Mr Murday said.
“In order to ensure our industry remains competitive, profitable and sustainable, it is vital that our industry invests substantially into looking at alternative uses for sugarcane.”
SRA’s Strategic Plan comes as a further plus to their recent announcement of additional funds to identify and control the mysterious Yellow Canopy Syndrome (YCS).
“As YCS now effects the majority of cane growing regions in Australia, the near $4 million additional commitment to the search to identify the syndrome and the development of management practices is a vital contribution,” Mr Murday said.
ACFA’s Chairman also noted that he was very pleased to see that SRA would also focus on addressing the skills shortage within the sugar industry.
“Our young industry person’s group, Next Gen, focuses on encouraging and supporting young farmers, millers and researchers in the sugar industry.
“ACFA and Next Gen look forward to continue to work with SRA to ensure we allow young people in our industry access to the knowledge and tools they need to insure a viable Australian sugar industry,” Mr Murday said.
Next Gen will be hosting a stall at the ASSCT Conference this week.
For more information, or for an interview with Don Murday, please contact Amanda Sheppard on 0429 459 497.