Tweed canegrowers’ president Robert Quirk at his cane farm at Stott’s Creek.
Tweed canegrowers’ president Robert Quirk at his cane farm at Stott’s Creek. John Gass

Green stamp tip for NSW

CANE growers from NSW are likely to be the first in Australia to have their product certified as sustainable by an international body, says Tweed Canegrowers Association president Robert Quirk.

Mr Quirk yesterday confirmed the NSW growers are set to be audited by the not-for-profit group Bonsucro which so far this year has certified seven mills in Brazil as meeting sustainable standards for sugar and ethanol production.

He said he was confident they would easily meet the standards which are recognised by global buyers including BP, Coca-Cola, Kraft and Shell.

Mr Quirk, who is a Bonsucro board member as well as a Tweed grower and is currently visiting India, believes the 600 cane farmers will meet the standards when audited in the coming months."

He said some of the criteria that must be met include using a farm's nutrients to the maximum ability as well as ensuring water is used efficiently.

"As far as New South Wales goes, I think we'll go over the line very easily," Mr Quirk said.



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