Robert spoke on some of the environmental problems that the NSW Sugar Cane Industry had had to face over the last 20 years and what they have done to overcome these. He addressed the acid sulphate soil (ASS) problem, the fish kills of the 1980-90’s and how the NSW industry had achieved self-regulation for work in ASS. Other topics he addressed were green cane harvesting and the value of the residue to soil health.
Following the conference Robert was a guest of Mitr Phol’s research center in Khon Kaen where he ran a seminar for staff on management practices to improve production. This was followed by two days in the field looking at erosion and drainage problems.
Robert will reciprocate the hospitality when four of the senior staff from Mitr Phol plan a visit to NSW following the ISSCT workshop in Townsville in September this year.