It has been a difficult few months, with the continuing rain still falling. In the Mossman region we have already exceeded our average yearly rain fall of 2439mm, with 2635mm of rain falling from January to the end of March. The persistent rain will no doubt have a detrimental effect on tonnes to be harvested for the entire sugar industry. For the Mossman region our chances of a reasonable crop is fading and the crop estimate has been revised down to around 470 000t – 480 000t.
Over the last couple of months I attended the ACFA regional meetings. Meeting with fellow members from different regions, I was able to talk to members on their relevant issues and even their current farming practices. The feedback from these meetings was very encouraging and I look forward to meeting the members from the regions where I was unable to attend.
I would also like to thank the members who attended the annual general meeting and the Great Barrier Reef Discussion that were both held in Cairns. I hope these two events were very informative.
With the 2011 season only a few months away we can only hope that worst will soon be behind us.