Horticulture Innovation Australia recently invested more than $6 million into 10 new vegetable industry capacity building projects. These aim to help regional growers enhance their businesses through increased consumer alignment, market and value chain development, and farm productivity including resource use and management.
In order to do this, we are working with a host of the nation’s leading horticulture research, industry and engagement specialists to:
- Host industry events and workshops to highlight research and development (R&D)
- Engage with vegetable growers to educate them on the outcomes of industry-funded R&D and best-practice standards relating to production, business management and biosecurity.
- Provide feedback on regional vegetable industry priorities to Hort Innovation
- Create a greater industry network that will link growers to experts
- Help identify the ongoing gaps in research and provide insight on how to increase rates of adoption across the industry
These projects will be dedicated to activities in the following areas:
- Queensland (Bowen Gumlu, Bundaberg, Lockyer Valley and Far North QLD): Bowen Gumlu Growers Association Inc, Bundaberg Fruit and Vegetable Growers, Lockyer Valley Growers Inc,
- New South Wales: Local Land Services
- Northern Territory: NT Farmers
- South Australia: AUSVEG SA
- Victoria (East Gippsland, South East, West and Northern Regions): RMCG
- Western Australia: West Aust Vegetable Growers Assoc Inc T/As Vegetables WA
- Tasmania: RMCG
These 10 regional projects will be linked and co-ordinated by an overarching national project led by Applied Horticulture Research.
For more information, contact Bianca Cairns on 07 3198 6757, 0429 529 655 or by email.