Sweet time to get back into sugar

IT’S a good time for people who got out of growing sugar to get back into it says leading grower and chairman of the Tweed River branch of the Canegrower’s Association Robert Quirk.

Despite problems besetting the NSW Sugar Co-operative’s joint venture $170 million co-generation plants at Condong and Broadwater, Mr Quirk said the industry faces a strong future on the NSW North Coast.

With good prices for sugar and strong demand he is hoping more farmers who have left the industry in recent years will come back to growing cane.

“The industry is here for the long haul,” Mr Quirk said. “It’s a really good time for the people who have opted out of sugar to get back into it.”

Mr Quirk’s comments came as he revealed this year’s harvest would be smaller than in recent years. He said that was because up to 10,000 hectares had been turned to alternative uses.



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