Harvest carbon rewards

FARMERS on the Tweed need more education on carbon farming because the region can benefit more than other parts of NSW, according to experts.

The Tweed Shire Council will host a seminar for farmers about the Federal Government's Carbon Farming Initiative.

NSW Department of Primary Industries officer Greg Reid, who specialises in farm planning and sustainable agriculture, will speak about carbon offsetting.

"The North Coast has a higher potential for carbon credits than most other parts of NSW. However, there are many different types of credits with different prices, costs and returns," Mr Reid said.

"Decisions about where and how to sequester or mitigate will have a big influence over the net result.

"It is important that landowners become informed about this new market so their choices are rewarding instead of disappointing."

Farmers and land managers can generate credits that can be sold to other businesses wanting to offset their own carbon pollution.

Tweed council's sustainable agriculture officer Sebastien Garcia-Cuenca said the Carbon Farming Initiative helped the environment by encouraging sustainable farming and by providing a source of funding for landscape restoration projects."

The seminar will be held at the Murwillumbah Civic and Cultural Centre's Canvas and Kettle Room from 9.30-11am on May 1.

Phone (02) 6670 2199 to register.

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