MELON GROWERS: Burnett growers are set to congregate in Bundaberg later this month for a workshop hosted by Growcom and the Australian Melon Association.
MELON GROWERS: Burnett growers are set to congregate in Bundaberg later this month for a workshop hosted by Growcom and the Australian Melon Association. Mike Knott BUN300913MEL1

Growers workshop talks cash incentives

BURNETT growers are set to congregate in Bundaberg later this month for a workshop hosted by Growcom and the Australian Melon Association.

The peak industry bodies will discuss important industry issues and opportunities with growers.

Topics that will be covered include Fair Farms, Hort360 and cash incentives for growers, food safety for melons, and an industry update.

Guest presenters include horticultural food safety specialist Dr Sukhvinder Pal Singh from the NSW Department of Primary Industries, melon industry development manager Dianne Fullelove, and staff from Growcom including Fair Farms Program manager Thomas Hertel and Hort360 facilitator Michelle Haase.

Melon industry development manager Dianne Fullelove is co-ordinating the workshop to introduce Dr Sukhvinder Pal Singh to local melon growers.

"Dr SP has been working to assist melon growers throughout the whole of Australia for the past 12 months to understand and implement microbial testing procedures in post-harvest facilities,” she said.

"It's an important grower levy and Hort Innovation funded project; we're encouraging all melon growers to attend.”

Growers who attend this workshop will additionally be eligible to apply for a $5000 financial incentive currently available through Growcom.

The Australian Government incentives can assist growers to address environmental impacts and agricultural run-off from farmland entering the Great Barrier Reef lagoon.

"Quite a few growers are already participating in this project, so we're urging growers that haven't applied so far to get in quick so they don't miss out,” Mrs Haase said.

"This workshop will be a particularly good opportunity for melon and vegetable growers to find out how they can apply.”

The workshop will be informal, no RSVP required, and held at the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries Research Facility on Ashfield Rd, Bundaberg, on Thursday, February 21, from 2-4pm.


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