The objective of this project is to deliver regional capacity building services across the North and Far North Queensland vegetable growing region.
Bowen Gumlu Growers association IDO provides a wide range of support to growers across the region via dissemination of information and training. This includes presentation of information and facilitation of training and development skills for R&D uptake. Capacity buildings activities are facilitated to increase capability of individual vegetable growing businesses ensuring sustainability.
Under the National Vegetable Extension Network, the North Queensland Vegetable IDO role’s responsibilities are to:
- Provide Regional capacity building services to broker R&D information and increase knowledge of vegetable R&D, innovation & technology.
- Disseminate and increase the reach of information produced by individual vegetable R&D projects.
- Facilitate the adoption of vegetable R&D, innovation and technology through a suite of extension strategies appropriate to the target region; mentoring, group facilitation, technology transfer events such as workshops.
- Develop and facilitate regional industry networks to ensure consistency of messages to industry and enhance knowledge and application of the vegetable R&D program outcomes.
- Facilitate co-innovation with stakeholders from across the value chain.
- Direct industry to experts on technical issues (e.g. pest management and crop protectants).
Horticulture Code of Conduct
- requires growers and traders to have a contract called a Horticulture Produce Agreement (HPA) and applies to all HPAs
- obliges all parties to deal in good faith
- obliges merchants to explain how price will be calculated
- includes penalties for breaching certain sections of the Code
- requires you, agents and merchants to keep certain records.