East Palmerston banana growers Craig and Jade Buchanan have won an Australian Reef Program award for their environmental farming practices.
The prestigious national award was presented in September at a Sunshine Coast ceremony honouring primary producers for their work in reducing off-farm impacts on the Great Barrier Reef.
The awards are an initiative of the Reef Alliance partnership including Queensland Farmers’ Federation, Queensland Regional Groups Collective, peak agricultural industry bodies, regional natural resource management groups and the conservation sector.
The Buchanans won the horticulture category for their role as ambassadors for the banana industry and their active and enthusiastic implementation of best practice approaches and sharing of knowledge and experiences.
ABGC Chairman Doug Phillips congratulated Craig and Jade.
“The practices that Craig and Jade are using are a credit to their dedication to achieving excellence in farm management and are also a credit to the banana industry,” Mr Phillips said.
“Their achievements are an example of the great work banana growers are doing to farm more sustainably and to protect our local environment, including our local waterways and the Great Barrier Reef lagoon.