A cane fire in 2007.
A cane fire in 2007.

Sweet times for canegrowers

SUGAR cane growers are enjoying the sweet taste of $100 million growth for their industry.

While floods and cyclones threatened the Australian sugar cane industry's future in 2010 and 2011, crops managed to grow by 20,000 hectares, equivalent to $100 million, in the past four years.

NSW Canegrowers chairman Wayne Rodgers said the Northern Rivers has experienced a resurgence in the number of people wanting to grow sugar cane because of the crop's resilience to natural disasters.

The Northern Rivers boasts more than 30,000 hectares of sugar cane from the Tweed to Woodburn and local growers are currently 80% through this year's harvest.



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