Robert has made several visits to Fiji over the last few years. Last December he delivered a seminar to the staff at the SRIF on weed control and Australian farming practices that may be applicable to Fiji.
Robert had the opportunity to visit the SRIF farms to view first hand some of the problems they face and how our farming practices might be able to assist Fiji farmers.
Karuna Raya as one of the farm managers for the institute was invited to visit with Robert at his farm for a few days in the lead up to the GIVE conference.
He attended the GIVE conference along with 250 Australian growers and researchers. He was able to talk with many of those at the conference and to see NSW sugar cane innovation at its best.
Of particular interest to Karuna was the weed control trial, these showed the graphic differences when weeds are left uncontrolled as to full weed control.
Karuna was introduced to Karmen from Bayer Crop Sciences who have offered to help Fiji establish a weed control program for the Fiji industry.
It was my first attendance at a GIVE conference, and to say I was impressed would be an understatement ,250 growers 50 of them under 30 years of age
Let us hope that in the proposed R&D restructure that GIVE will not be a casualty.
(Director Robert Quirk and Karuna Raya both proudly wearing their new ACFA shirts)