Recently Daniel Rodriguez and Joe Eyre from the University of Queensland, Gatton Campus, visited Georgetown with the purpose of developing the cropping industry in Northern Australia.
Northern Gulf agricultural Landcare officer, Laura Miller took the professors out to two stations in the shire where UQ and Northern Gulf hope to trial dry land Sorghum crops.
Daniel and Joe believe that Sorghum is a great crop for the north as it is sustainable, profitable and a low-risk option for landholders wanting to diversify themselves. Cropping in the region will increase full-time employment and bring business into the local communities.
“There is interest from the Geogetown primary school who are keen to support the trial and wants to plant some sorghum at the school to teach the kids about cropping,” said Northern Gulf’s RLF Officer, Laura Miller.