1. Mr Richard Perry, Assistant Director, Japan and Republic of Korea Section, Trade and Market Access Division, DAFF.
4. Mr Eiji TANIMURA, Counsellor (Agriculture), Embassy of Japan, Canberra.
The delegates enjoyed local accommodation and facilities and on Thursday, were hosted to visits with two average sized farming enterprises in the Burdekin delta owned and managed by local cane farmers, Ian Sheppardson, Chris and Murray Cannavan.
The visit included an overview of harvesting and irrigation practices, fallow, plant cane and ratoon cane paddocks as well as innovative management and harvesting methods.
I was able to provide lunch for the group, on behalf of the Australian Cane Farmers Association, before moving on to tour local beef producing properties in the afternoon and joining the local participants for dinner with the delegates, hosted by Richard Perry, on behalf of DAFF.
Friday’s itinerary included an extensive tour of the Burdekin rice trials, with Mr Shirado, Director of the Iwaki Rice Project and Gareth Evans, Regional Manager with the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry in Townsville.
This visit was followed by a tour and presentation of the KFSU factory, by Gordon and Janine Edwards. http://www.kfibre.com/news.html Gordon and Jeanine supplied refreshments made with locally produced cane fibre products, that showed the versatility of their product.
Before their departure to Canberra, I was able to express appreciation to all delegates and hosts of the various visits, with presentations on behalf of the Australian Cane Farmers Association.