Full house at extension officer workshop

July 11, 2019

Sugarcane and banana extension officers are working together to increase the uptake of land management practices that are sustainable, profitable and help to improve water quality in the Wet Tropics region.

Farming extension officers from across the Far North met at a workshop in Innisfail recently, held to improve communication and collaboration within and across agricultural industries.

The Queensland Government is investing in more targeted and coordinated extension to accelerate the uptake of large-scale changes to land management practices for the Great Barrier Reef.

The workshop was part of the Enhanced Extension Coordination project, a three-year initiative to support whole-of-farm outcomes, better meet farmer needs and create peer-to-peer learning networks that will help achieve Great Barrier Reef water quality targets.

Wet Tropics Sugar Industry Partnership manager Steve Roeger said there was a ‘full-house’ at the workshop.

“Extension officers play an important role in supporting farmers to improve on-farm practices in a rapidly changing environment,’’ he said.

“We have a dedicated extension network here in the Wet Tropics. We are all working towards the same things – productivity, profitability and long-term sustainability.

“Investment in extension capacity is an investment in sustainable communities, catchments and a healthier reef.”

Terrain NRM organised the recent workshop, with funding from the Queensland Government through the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries’ Enhanced Extension Program.