Sugarcane growers in the Bundaberg region could soon be increasing their productivity and profitability thanks to researchers from the University of Southern Queensland.

After a bittersweet start to the year – with farmers batting drought and heavy rain – irrigation experts are teaming up with locals to help produce bigger yields.

It’s part of the Australian Government’s Smarter Irrigation for Profit (Phase 2) project, tackling some of Australia’s water issues.

University of Southern Queensland project lead Michael Scobie is encouraging anyone in the sugar industry looking to refine their skills to get involved.

He’s working with a range of experts to develop the skills and capacity of local extension and service providers which will ultimately help farmers produce more cane.

“As crushing season nears nearing its end, now is the perfect time for people to upskill,” Mr Scobie said.

“From consultants to extension officers, individuals work one-on-one with our researchers to develop their skills.

“Whether it’s assessing pumps and irrigation systems, developing new technologies or implementing better strategies to reduce water loss, it’ll mean delivering bigger profits for sugarcane growers.

“Improving irrigation and water management on the farm, is one key approach to making sure that the industry remains vibrant and viable.”

There are about 3000 canegrowers in Queensland with the industry estimated to be worth more than $2 billion.

To find out more about theSmarter Irrigation for Profit (Phase 2), visit here.

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