Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Coast's Cane Industry Set for a Sweet Future

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Coast's Cane Industry Set for a Sweet Future

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Byline: Bill Hoffman

LIKE a Lazarus constantly rising, the Sunshine Coast's sugar cane industry continues to defy all attempts to declare it dead and buried.

Growers have bounced back from last year's sharp decline to 22,000 tonnes crushed at Maryborough.

MSF Sugar CEO Mike Barry said the Sunshine Coast industry provided 30,000 tonnes to the end of crush yesterday and was on track to double that amount to 60,000 tonnes for the 2015 season.

Mr Barry said MSF had provided planting support for growers to help achieve that target.

Eventually the Maryborough mill could take 200,000 tonnes of cane from the Sunshine Coast each year. It is working with around 20 growers, with a core of around a dozen, to achieve that target.

Growers are now signing on to rolling five-year contracts which give them the certainty they need to invest in their properties.

Mr Barry said the cost of production on the Sunshine Coast was among the lowest in Queensland. …

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