Achieving these changes requires farmers, industry organisations, government and researchers to work together to find the best ways of shifting production practices while ensuring that production and quality isn’t compromised.
The level of adoption of best practices is used as a measurement to track change within the industry. Best practices are those known to reduce sediment and nutrient outflows from farms.
In the year 2015-16, 60% of banana production land in the Wet Tropics was operating under best practice for sediment reduction and 63% for control of nutrient run-off.
|Pollutant||% Best Practice Adoption (area) by year|
|2013 Baseline||2013-14||2014-15||2015-16||2015-16 Hectares|
|Soil management to reduced sediments in waterways||45||53||57||60||7,522|
|Fertiliser regimes to reduce nutrients in waterways||42||52||56||63||7,861|
The proportion of area under moderate to low risk (or best practice), moderate risk, and high risk practices for each pollutant as reported annually since the 2013 baseline is shown in the table below.
The data from the last column (2015-16) from the table above is the most recent and is shown in the graph below.