Time is running out for producers to register for this week’s Rabobank Burdekin Value-Adding Seminar.
Burdekin Shire Council Economic Development Manager Adrian Scott said the event had drawn interest from a broad section of the community, but there was room for more to attend.
“This seminar is all about adding value to what is already here in the Burdekin,” he said.
“There would be some that would say, I’m just a farmer and there’s nothing more I can do, but they would be wrong.
“Council’s focus is to build the economic base of this shire and to do this we need people to think outside the square, open their minds to new ideas and see what can be done.
“If a farmer wanted to add value to their crop then this seminar is a good place to start.
“We will have speakers from a variety of businesses that have already taken the value-adding path, these speakers will be available to talk with interested parties as well.”
Mr Scott said two of the speakers would be Wilmar Sugar Australia Limited’s General Manager Operations Mike McLeod and General Manager Cane Supply and Grower Relations Paul Giordani.
“Mike is in charge of Wilmar Sugar’s eight sugar mills and the Wilmar BioEthanol distillery at Sarina and has worked in a number of operational roles in a range of agricultural industries, such as SunRice, Heinz and Colgate Palmolive,” he said.
“Paul has extensive knowledge of the sugar industry and has built close relations with growers over his 30 years in the field.”
Mr Scott encouraged local producers to attend the Rabobank Burdekin Value-Adding Seminar. Tickets are $75 per person and include morning tea, lunch and an afternoon networking session. Registration forms can be downloaded from Council’s website www.burdekin.qld.gov.au or you can register on the day.