GIPPSLAND veggie growers are being encouraged to learn the latest about the industry locally with two upcoming events.
The East Gippsland Food Cluster’s VegNET Gippland program commences its third and final project year with two events in Lindenow and Maffra, which have something for everyone in the agrifood sector.
Food cluster industry development officer and organiser of the events Shayne Hyman said they will provide up-to-the-minute information for Gippsland’s crucial vegetable industry, insights into the power of collaboration for transforming agrifood businesses; and, networking across sectors to learn from one another.
“These forums are consistent with the East Gippsland Food Cluster’s objective to lead the way in delivering thought-provoking and value-added events to support Gippsland’s growth trajectory in food and fibre,” Ms Hyman said.
A feature of the event will be a presentation on ‘Road map to collaboration and value-adding’ by Dr Dianne Glenn of Corelli Bio-Industry Consulting.
Food Cluster CEO Nicola Watts said the food cluster was very pleased to be able to bring Dr Glenn to Gippsland to share some of her research into collaborative business models that have taken business opportunities to new levels across Australia.
“Di has been undertaking recent research for organisations like CSIRO and Horticulture Innovation Australia, and will share her insights into points along value chains where it can make commercial sense to collaborate with others,” Dr Watts said.
“Collaboration is generally considered essential for unlocking innovation in our food and fibre sector, and for tapping into new opportunities that are too big or too complex for one business to tackle on their own.
“Di looks across the whole value chain, and I am sure will present some ideas and practical case studies that will provide food for thought for anyone in the agrifood sector interested in growing their business or improving their productivity.”
The event will also provide an opportunity for Gippsland vegetable growers to ensure business readiness for the Horticulture Code of Practice.
The events will be held on March 22 in Lindenow in the morning and Maffra in the afternoon.
Registrations are essential. Details: www.eastgippslandfoodcluster.com.au
Food for thought