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Case Study: Bananas - Nurturing the soil and neighbouring wetlands on a banana farm in the Wet Tropics

Website/Report

Project lead

Partnerships

Queensland Wetlands Program

Gaia Farms

Australian Government

Growcom

Industries

Banana farming

Activities

On-ground work, Planning

Case study type

Queensland Wetlands Program (QWP) management case study

Funding source

(not documented)

Funding amount

(not documented)

In-kind contribution

(not documented)

Start date

(not documented)

End date

Ongoing

Summary

Gaia Farm is bordered by Cowley and Liverpool Creek in the Wet Tropics. Gaia Farm developed and implemented a Farm Management System to improve their farming practices by using fewer chemicals, targeting nutrients to meet plant needs, minimising run-off, and promoting good groundcover and healthier soils that absorb and retain moisture and nutrients.

Benefits

The improved management practices will ensure that:
  • that nutrients, sediments and chemicals are staying on the farm, ensuring cleaner water is entering adjacent creeks.

Lesson

Gaia Farm focused on improving soil nutrition and plant health to fight disease. Increased soil organic matter and reduced chemical use provides a suitable soil environment beneficial for microbes and other fauna that control pests and disease.

Reference ID

Bananas

Last updated: 26 November 2014

This page should be cited as:

Case Study: Bananas - Nurturing the soil and neighbouring wetlands on a banana farm in the Wet Tropics, WetlandInfo 2014, Department of Environment and Heritage Protection, Queensland, viewed 13 April 2017, <https://wetlandinfo.ehp.qld.gov.au/wetlands/resources/tools/wetland-project/case-study-bananas-nurturing-the-soil-and-neighbouring-wetlands-on-a-banana-farm-4c10/>.

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