Welcome to MAPS
MAPS is the main provider of sugarcane advice and extension for Mackay Sugar farmers. We work on most issues including: pests, diseases, weeds, varieties, nutrition, irrigation and harvesting.
Our mission is to enhance the profitability and sustainability of the sugar industry through innovative productivity programs and plant protection services.
In light of the recent COVID-19 situation and challenges, MAPS is continuing to operate with precautions to maintain all service levels and to ensure growers will be impacted as little as possible from a MAPS perspective.
For the wellbeing of growers and staff, the upcoming Shed meetings and MAPS/ SRA Field Day have been cancelled. However please feel free to contact your Productivity Officer if you have any
queries or concerns.
Efforts now will be on inspecting and sampling all Clean Seed plots to ensure all plots are open to growers for distribution. SRA22 is available from all plots and it is a great opportunity to collect a clean source of the other varieties from the Billet Plots.
As the ground dries out and the planting season nears, all MAPS Productivity Officers are available and will be visiting farms when contacted. MAPS responsibilities such as variety, pest and disease advice, plant inspections and Clean Seed distribution will continue to the best of our ability.
While COVID-19 is a challenge for everyone, MAPS staff are working on developing a long term plan that allows us to carry out our daily activities and minimise the impact on growers.
Anthony Schembri (CEO)
Advise on culture of sugarcane and beneficial rotation crops.
One on one advice and extension with growers on their farms.
Supply of approved seed for planting material.
Monitor weeds, pests and disease across the district.
Identification of pest and disease agents.
Provide measures to control weeds, pests and diseases.
Assess harvester sugarloss and advise on options to improve efficiency.
Conduct trials to help evaluate, develop and demonstrate the latest research findings.
Run field days, shed meetings, seminars and bus trips to inform growers.
Promote and support Smartcane BMP.
Promote and support Reef Programs.
Perform machinery inspections.
Frank Perna Grower - Chairman
Stephen Fordyce Grower - Vice Chairman
Jannik Olejas Miller
Paul Manning Miller
Ross Williams Grower
Lee Blackburn Miller
26135 PEAK DOWNS HWY
TE KOWAI QLD 4740
MONDAY - FRIDAY
7:00 AM - 4:30 PM
SATURDAY - SUNDAY