Skybury Tropical Plantation on the Atherton Tablelands has been recognised as an industry leader for its commitment and innovation to ‘green’ farming at the Queensland 2016 Premier’s Sustainability Awards in Brisbane on Thursday night.
Business development manager Paul Fagg said at the core of Skybury’s sustainability program was its focus on farming innovation that complemented agricultural production with a “healthy respect” for the natural environment.
“It is more important now than ever before that farmers meet the demand for safe, nutritious agricultural products, while working to reduce their environmental footprint as much as possible.”
Mr Fagg said helping to achieve this was the Skybury Environmental Research Centre (SERC), which was established in 2015.
“SERC is a million-dollar research facility focused on achieving the three pillars outlined in Skybury’s environmental action plan, which is focused on research, development and innovation, smart farming and best practice.
“It really is possible to increase agricultural output and quality in a sustainable and socially responsible manner,” he added.
“The four ways we are achieving this include optimisation of land, water and fertiliser use through double cropping, recycling of organic waste, re-utilisation of run off water and controlling nutrient run off and utilising inter-row vegetation as an additional source of organic matter.”
Queensland 2016 Premier’s Sustainability Awards judge’s feedback: “Skybury demonstrates a sustained and unparalleled level of commitment to innovation and developing new and improved practices to improve the sustainability and environmental performance of the business.
“They are demonstrating their sustainability approach through the triple bottom line - environmentally, socially and economically.
“They are implementing improved practices, innovation, research and development and producing quality products – building a productive and profitable enterprise.”
Mr Fagg congratulated other award recipients in the rural category including MSF Sugar who was the overall winner and Mt Alma Fresh Organics who were a finalist alongside Skybury.
Pic caption: Business development manager Paul Fagg with wife and Skybury head roaster Candy MacLaughlin
Issued by Tanya Snelling
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