Federal Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Tony Burke will visit trials being conducted by Richmond Landcare Inc on the use of biochar to improve soil carbon sequestration and cropping.

He will inspect the progress of trials at the Wollongbar Agricultural Institute and at a nearby coffee farm. The project is being conducted with the support of a Caring For Our Country grant.

  • When: Monday 18 January from midday to 2pm
  • Who: The Minister will be brought up to date on the project by Tony Walker from Richmond Landcare, Dr Lukas van Zwieten from Industry and Investment NSW, and other scientists and farmers participating in the project, including Jos Webber from Kahawa Estate Coffee.
  • Where: Wollongbar Agricultural Institute, 1243 Bruxner Highway (check at reception for exact location) from noon – 12.45pm, then Kahawa Estate Coffee Plantation, 374 Houghlahans Creek Road, Booyong, until 2pm. 
  • Details: A grant of $297,000 was provided through Caring for Our Country funds to research the impact of biochar on crops in the Northern Rivers including avocados, coffee, sugar cane, rice, macadamias and sweet corn as well as grazing pastures.   Observations to date have been very positive.