Innovation Project:

In March 2013 JRCMA were pleased to receive a grant from Caring for our Country Sustainable Environment and Sustainable Agriculture grant program.¬† The grant was for an Innovation project entitled:¬† ‘Evaluation and demonstration of a hill-forming planting foot for sugarcane’ and was valued at $48070.

The project is to develop a one-pass planting foot for sugarcane planting in steep volcanic country prone to erosion with an engineering firm, agricultural consultant and five local canefarmers. The new planting foot will be tested in field in a paired comparison with normal planting.  The outcome of the project will be reported and promotion of the new technique if successful.