First grain shipments from a huge new project in Australia's North Queensland have been loaded for Japan.
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Background: First grain shipments from a huge new project in Australia's North Queensland have been loaded for Japan.
The Japanese freighter SHOTAI MARU spent four days at Archer Point loading 6000 tons of maize and sorghum from Lakeland Downs, 165 miles north of Cairns.
Lakeland Downs planation has been developed in 15 months at a coast of 4-million dollars (Aust). 15-thousand acres have been planted and the first shipments represent 75 percent of Queensland's total maize exports -- three percent of Australia's non-wheat grain export production.
Planting is now under way on next year's crops. Special canals and mobile rain sprays will aid the development by Mr. CLIVE FOYSTER, a well known Australian businessman.
He hopes to make three harvests a year and maintain the supply to the japanese market. Lakeland Downs project is 45 miles from the sea. Special roads and harbour facilities were built in fast time to take the initial crop and the area of plantings will be expanded rapidly.
The Japanese freighter was loaded from a shuttle service of trucks, delivering grain in 30-ton lots. Mr. Foyster says this particular region of North Queensland has remarkable potential for development of the grain industry. In addition, he's running 4000 head of Bramha cattle on adjoining properties to test pastoral possibilities.