Four new Extension Officers have been appointed by WTSIP as we continue to ramp up delivery on our reef water quality program while helping growers to achieve greater productivity, profitability, and sustainability.
Jordan Villaruz, previously team leader at Tully Cane Productivity Services, is taking on the role of Regional Extension Officer based in Cairns Canegrowers in Gordonvale and Michael Nash takes on the role of Extension Network Leader based in Terrain NRM 's Ingham office.
Three district extension officers have also boosted the team with officers joining Cairns Canegrowers, Herbert Cane Productivity Services, and Mossman Agricultural Services.
The extension team is providing one-on-one advice and support to cane growers as part of the Australian Government’s Reef Trust III program.
Newly appointed Project Manager, Steve Roeger, is overseeing the project on behalf of WTSIP and said the new appointments would build on the momentum already achieved by WTSIP's extension team.
“One of the key areas we’re focusing on is to develop individualised nutrient management plans. WTSIP has developed a consistent approach to whole of farm nutrient management planning and many growers are finding this a really useful tool because it helps them identify ways to improve yields and profits while also benefitting water quality,” he said.
“So far we have engaged with over 350 growers throughout the Wet Tropics and developed over 200 nutrient management plans in consultation with individual growers. By helping to analyse soil tests and farm maps our extension officers can help find ways to match inputs better to crop requirements and save on costs.”
Mr Roeger said WTSIP’s extension officers could provide cane growers with advice and support on whole farming systems, including tillage, weed and fallow management as well as nutrient planning.
Cane growers in the Wet Tropics are encouraged to contact their local extension officer. To find out contact details go to www.wtsip.org.au/team/