The Australian Cane Farmers Association (ACFA) has voiced its support for the Environment Minister, Andrew Powell’s Best Management Practice (BMP) program.
The agreement with the sugarcane industry is part of the Newman Government’s strategy to boost agricultural productivity and help protect the Great Barrier Reef.
Stephen Ryan, General Manager of the ACFA, said he is looking forward to working closely with Minster Powell and his department on the implementation of the BMP.
“We’ve obviously been exposed to a lot of best management practices in the cane farming industry through our work with Bonsucro.
“The Bonsucro standard is already the internationally recognised and accredited operational standard for the industry which is being adopted on a global scale.
“This localised BMP, specifically for Queensland, will no doubt presage the eventual Australian rollout of the Bonsucro standard.
“It will be important that these two programs work in unison and the ACFA is committed to ensuring this occurs,” Mr Ryan said.
Bonsucro aims to improve the social, environmental, and economic sustainability of sugarcane by promoting the use of a global metric standard, with the aim of continuously improving sugarcane production and downstream processing in order to contribute to a more sustainable future.
The Bonsucro Standard is the first ever metric based standard developed for an agricultural feedstock.