1220.0 - Australian Standard Classification of Occupations (ASCO) Second Edition, 1997  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 31/07/1997   
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      Sugar Cane Grower
      Sugar Cane Farm Manager

Plans, directs, coordinates and performs farming operations to grow sugar cane.

Skill Level:
The entry requirement for this occupation is a bachelor degree or higher qualification or at least 5 years relevant experience. In some instances relevant experience is required in addition to the formal qualification.

Tasks Include:
  • plans and manages the production and marketing of sugar cane from soil preparation to harvest taking into account environmental and market factors
  • selects and plants cane stalks and shaves stubble to encourage regrowth
  • burns crops prior to harvest to remove leaves, weeds and other extraneous matter which impedes harvesting and milling operations
  • determines harvest timing in consultation with mill management and harvests crops using mobile agricultural plant equipment such as harvesters and bin haul-out tractors
  • directs and oversees general farming activities such as fertilising, pest and weed control, and transport of harvest to the mill
  • maintains farm buildings, fences, equipment and water supply systems
  • organises the sale, purchase and transportation of produce
  • maintains and evaluates records of farming activities, monitors market activity and plans crop preparation and production to meet contract requirements and market demand
  • manages business capital, including budgeting, taxation, debt and loan management
  • may select, train and supervise staff and contractors

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