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Podcast: Cane Farming by the Great Barrier Reef


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The sugarcane industry is highly visible in the Wet Tropics and employs over 4000 people.

The sugarcane industry is a highly visible part of the Wet Tropics landscape – if you drive between Ingham and the Daintree, you can’t miss it. Employing more than 4000 direct jobs and supporting another 1800, it contributes over $630 million to our local rural economies. However, since the health of the Great Barrier Reef has been in the spotlight, so too has the impact of the sugar industry on water quality.

In this week’s Reef & Rivers podcast, we’re joined by Joe Marano, a proud sugarcane farmer and passionate advocate for the industry. He talks us through the experiences of farming in a highly sensitive environment under the glare of the scientific and political spotlight.

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