Options for auditing and certification of farm management systems : Farm Management Systems for the Sugarcane Industry, sub-program 4
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Key stakeholders within the sugar industry, surrounding community and Government are concerned over the potential impact of sugar production on the environment in general and the highly sensitive world heritage listed neighbouring ecosystems in particular. An increasing number of growers are responding by upgrading management practices and seeking relevant training opportunities. An industry wide system for certification, accreditation and auditing of farmers and properties would add value to individual enterprises, demonstrate stewardship, raise the industry profile, reduce community concern, attract project related grant support, win financial rewards from banks, insurance companies and regulators and bestow advantages within niche markets for environmentally sustainable high quality products. This project reviewed approaches, systems and implementation options for certification, accreditation and auditing across a range of other industries. We reviewed documents and held wide ranging discussions with other industry sectors as well as sugar industry, government and community representatives. Having regard to the unique circumstances and diversity of regional environments across the industry, we favour a structured though flexible auditing and accreditation system. This would accommodate industry wide consensus in favour of voluntary compliance and ensure that Su
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