Greater productivity and water savings – those were the key messages delivered during MSF Sugar’s water efficiency field day at Mareeba last week.
Delivered in collaboration with Netafim, the event showcased the company’s flagship sub-surface drip irrigation project on Mousa Farms, Arriga.
Around 40 people including Tableland, Mossman and South Johnstone growers and industry representatives gathered to learn about the promising harvest results from plant cane and first ratoon crop grown under sub-surface drip irrigation.
MSF Sugar Tableland Farms Operations Manager Rik Maatman said the technology had proven to improve productivity where it was being used on MSF Sugar farms.
“We are growing bigger cane for the total volume of water applied,” Mr Maatman said.
“Fertigation is a big asset in drip irrigation.
“Drip irrigation enables nutrients, fertiliser and chemicals to be injected directly into the root zone of the crop at any time during the year.”