CANEGROWERS Innisfail Chairman Joe Marano is urging growers to push through to accreditation just as he has.
“Firstly, if you’re going to stand up in front of growers and tell them they should do it, you should do it yourself,” he says.
The other reasons are personal with his son Daniel now working with him across 417 hectares of owned and leased land, Joe says Smartcane BMP will be a licence to farm in the future.
“I have family that wants to continue farming so it’s not about me anymore,” he says. “It’s about letting them have the right to farm by proving we meet all the environmental and sustainability requirements.”
Joe says his own list of farming challenges shows that growers don’t have to have everything worked out, implemented and finalised to be accredited in the three core modules.
The other thing he’s worried about is growers shying away because they self-assess themselves out of it.
“Smartcane BMP does take time and money and some of us are unaccustomed to this but it is a small price to pay for living in the best part of the world along the east coast of Queensland – we need to set this up for future generations.”