VEGNET Gippsland, the three-year project delivering capacity building services to Gippsland’s vegetable industry, is working closely with VegPRO, the national vegetable training initiative, to ensure vegetable growers’ active participation in a raft of new training opportunities throughout 2018.
On offer will be:
• Basic Irrigation Skills
• Horticulture Code of Conduct workshop
• Pests & Disease in Babyleaf workshop
• Negotiating & Influencing Skills
• Postharvest Management of Vegetables workshop
• VegInnovations (for value-adding to vegetables) workshop
• Chemical Handling Skills for the Vegetable Industry.
All courses and workshops will be delivered by competent trainers and/or experts in the field.
Add to the list, Mental Health First Aid, and, Introductory Process Mapping, commissioned separately by the VegNET Gippsland project.
Well-resourced training venues across Gippsland have been selected so that participants will not have to travel too far to access the training. Some workshops will be delivered on farm and Gippsland’s vegetable growers have been generous in hosting those workshops where field work is required.
Shayne Hyman, EG Food Cluster’s Industry Development Officer said a training plan will be made available in the next few weeks so that vegetable growers and others along the supply chain can lock in dates to ensure they won’t miss out on VegPRO’s fully-funded suite of training and the low-cost training options being arranged by the VegNET Gippsland project separately.
“A plan will be a great help to growers wanting to maximise the opportunity for themselves and their workers through forward planning.
“Food and fibre is growing in Gippsland off an estimated $7b base and vegetable production is growing more rapidly than most of the other sectors.
“Sustainable growth needs support and customisation of development opportunities to the specific needs of the vegetable sector,” Ms Hyman said.
Vegetable growers have been surveyed to determine their training needs by the VegNET Gippsland project and this is continuing throughout the life of the project to help vegetables businesses to grow their productivity and profitability.
VegPRO has also conducted interviews. All of the training is based on the latest research and development findings pertaining to best-in-class vegetable production.
The East Gippsland Food Cluster Inc is contracted to deliver the vegetable capacity building project right across Gippsland from Phillip Island to Mallacoota.
The cluster is a not-for-profit industry member based organisation supporting the vital needs of agrifood in Gippsland.
Now in its eighth year, the East Gippsland Food Cluster is one of the most successful clusters focussing on the smart specialisation of food production in regional Australia.
Funds are provided by Horticulture Innovation Australia via the vegetable levy and the Australian Government.