In celebration of World Macadamia Nut Day on Saturday 4 September, Marquis Macadamias donated macadamia trees for planting at local schools in the world’s biggest macadamia producing regions in Australia and South Africa. They also ran education sessions regarding sustainability practices in macadamia growing and processing.
In Australia, Marquis donated rare, native macadamia trees to be planted by students at six schools in the Bundaberg growing region of Queensland. By giving the students the responsibility to care for the growing macadamia tree, they will learn about the importance of macadamias and how they can contribute to the continued success of the local macadamia industry.
Marquis Macadamias also donated $10,000 to the Macadamia Conservation Trust to support conserving Australian wild macadamia trees in their native habitat. Conserving wild species plays an important role in supporting the macadamia industry, with the genetic diversity among wild plants helping the industry adapt to changes in weather patterns, emerging pests and possible diseases.
Marquis Macadamias Australia CEO, Larry McHugh, says that World Macadamia Nut Day is a chance to celebrate both the Australian native nut and the farmers who grow them.
“Celebrating the macadamia nut is not just about recognising its versatility and health benefits, it is also a chance for us to recognise and advocate for the sustainable production of macadamia nuts.” says Mr McHugh.
“We attribute the success of macadamia nut growers to their willingness to adopt innovative equipment and embrace the natural resources available to them.
“At Marquis Macadamias, we believe in sustainable processes – for us, this means using the whole nut, including the husk and shell, to make sure that we are maximising the versatility of macadamias.
Above: Cameron Cook and Brienne Harris, Year 4 students at St Luke's Anglican School planted the rough-shelled Macadamia (Macadamia Tetraphylla) tree, one of the native wild macadamia species that the Macadamia Conservation Trust is working to preserve.
Below: General Manager of Hinkler Park Plantations and Marquis Macadamias Director, Clayton Mattiazzi, shared sustainability practices in macadamia growing and processing with Year 4 students at St Luke’s Anglican School.
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