Australia’s third largest sugar cane milling company, MSF Sugar, will today (Ed: Wednesday 13 May) sign an agreement with the Chinese Government to establish a high yielding, high sucrose sugarcane farm in Fusui Country, Chongzuo City.
The joint project with Guangxi Funan East Asia Sugar Company, China’s second largest sugar cane producer, will initially see a 20 hectare modern farm utilising MSF Sugar’s farming methods. The aim is to demonstrate that sugar cane can be produced in China on a larger scale using improved varieties, mechanisation and modernised irrigation set-up.
MSF Sugar General Manager Agriculture, Trevor Crook, said the project was in line with MSF Sugar’s future vertical integration strategy to increase efficient operations – from cane farming through to raw sugar buyers in Asia.
He said the project would use modern farm techniques and experience developed in Australia and being put in place, wherever possible, on Queensland sugar cane farms.
“This project is an extension of best practice farming we are trying to implement on our Queensland cane farms, and also to assist our grower suppliers here in Queensland to transition their farm practices to more productive and sustainable farm businesses.
“We will work with our sister company in China (East Asia Sugar) to improve farming methods and to move their farming practices to a viable standard,” Mr Crook said.
The Chinese delegation meeting with MSF Sugar included the Mayor of Chongzuo City, the Director of Foreign Affairs, Director of the Agricultural Bureau and General Manager of COFCO. East Asia Sugar will be represented by the President Assistant of East Asia Sugar, Mr Chen Minghua.
The delegation will sign a Memorandum of Understanding with MSF Sugar which will launch the project and the establishment of a modern farm in Fusui Country in the first half of 2015.