With the current volatility in the pricing of agricultural inputs, an increasing number of broadacre farmers in the Northern Agricultural Region are converting to precision agriculture technology – a system that often involves the use of computer-guided machinery (equipped with Global Positioning Systems) that puts the right amount of farm chemicals in the right place. This system is not only effective in cost saving, but also prevents environmental damage.
An increasing uptake of advanced farming technology in the region means that farmers will be looking for workers who have the skills and know-how to operate their computer-guided farm machinery. Bundy Bunna is on the front foot in having local Aboriginal people trained to operate the machinery.
The Northern Agricultural Catchments Council in association with the McIntosh and Son Company (Geraldton branch), joined with Mr Leedham Papertalk, Bundy Bunna’s Property Manager to lead the training session. The training included a presentation on soil acidity and a demonstration of in-field pH testing.
According to Stanley Yokwe, NACC’s Regional Landcare Facilitator, “this training is important not only to prepare local Aboriginal people for employment opportunities in the agriculture sector, but also promote the uptake of leading farm practices in the region.
This training is supported by the Northern Agricultural Catchments Council with funding from the Australian Government Department of Agriculture.