Maca growers seminar at Wollongbar
LOCAL macadamia growers are welcomed to attend the Department of Primary Industries Introduction to growing macadamias on the coastal floodplain seminar to be held at Wollongbar on February 9.
DPI macadamia development officer, Jeremy Bright said the seminar will cater for new and established growers who may be considering growing macadamias on the coastal floodplains of the Northern Rivers.
"Expansion in macadamia farming on the coastal fringe of the NSW North Coast has been limited to date," Mr Bright said.
"However, with good site selection, appropriate land preparation and management, the potential for this industry to increase is huge.
"Floodplain areas that are currently producing macadamias are achieving some of the highest yields per hectare in Australia."
Mr Bright said the Tweed, Clarence and Richmond catchments all have significant areas of coastal floodplain land suitable for macadamia production, and there is an opportunity to expand production in these areas.
"However, there are some significant issues that need to be considered when growing macadamias on the floodplain," Mr Bright said.
"The half-day seminar will present a number of successful floodplain macadamia growers sharing their experience and knowledge from lessons learned from their 30 plus years in the industry."
The seminar will be held on February 9 from 9am to 12pm at the Hudson Room, Wollongbar Primary Industries Institute, 1243 Bruxner Highway Wollongbar.
Please RSVP by 4 February to Jenny McInnes at NSW DPI on (02) 6626 1310 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
There are limited places available; however, there will be an opportunity to run further seminars, depending on demand.