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University of Queensland: A future for irrigated agriculture in the semi-arid tropics the Kowanyama Biofuture Enterprise

November 10 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


Dr Ian Delacy

The Kowanyama Biofuture Enterprise (KBFE) is a net carbon free, environmentally sound, completely self-funded, renewable energy powered, vertically and horizontally integrated sugar, cattle, fish, timber, and energy agro-processing complex.

The enterprise is based on base production each year from 40,000ha of sugar cane, 25,000ha of guar bean, 150,000 hd/y cattle finishing and processing facilities, 2,200ha of fish ponds and 100,000ha of African mahogany plantation. In addition there are opportunities, when water is available, for extra 25,000ha crops of soybean in the dry, and sunflower or sweet sorghum in the wet season.

Stores its own water, produces its own fertiliser and the excess renewable energy produced enabling the whole enterprise to be carbon (GHG) neutral. It is fully integrated over commodities and up the value chain. All by-products are used and interchange enabling full utilisation of all biomass. With most inputs primary products and all outputs mature commodities the venture is financially robust.

The majority of inputs are pure primary substances, air, water, muriate of potash, rock phosphate, and sulphur. In addition there are small amounts of chemical catalysts, pesticides, and pharmaceuticals, as well as operating machinery. Outputs are mature commodities: Energy (Ethanol, DME, fuel pellets), Food (Sugar, Propylated Guar Gum, Red Claw, Jade Perch, Meat quarters, and Stock feed), Timber (Klin dried sawn African Mahogany, Wood fuel pellets)

The KBFE agriculture model is unique; comparable enterprises do not exist anywhere in the world. The structure is transferable directly to any other location in the semi-arid tropics where off-river water storage with suitable land for irrigation is available.

Presented by: Dr Ian DelacySchool of Agriculture and Food SciencesThe University of Queensland, Australia

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November 10
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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