TEN young Australian vegetable growers will be given the opportunity to view leading agriculture practices in New Zealand this July as part of a national vegetable levy-funded tour.
“The tour is an amazing opportunity for young individuals who are passionate about the vegetable industry and want to develop their skills and knowledge,” said AUSVEG communications manager Hugh Tobin.
“The tour is intended to expose young growers to issues surrounding production, marketing, processing, the supply chain and new research.”
“Past participants have gone on to become leaders within the Australian vegetable industry, winning industry awards and holding roles on Industry Advisory Committees,” he said.
The tour, supported by Horticulture Australia Limited, is aimed at enthusiastic and innovative young growers and will enable 10 participants to visit vegetable operations near Christchurch, Timaru, and Ashburton in New Zealand from July 17 to 25.
Participants’ tour costs will be significantly subsidised by the national vegetable levy.
Growers will be asked to contribute $735 toward the cost of the tour, but all air and land travel, share-accommodation and meals will be included.
Growers between the ages of 18 and 38 who are employed within a vegetable growing business are encouraged to apply.
Tour participants will have the opportunity to attend the Horticulture New Zealand conference in Christchurch, a three-day annual conference which is a significant element of the tour.
Applications for the 2009 Young Vegetable Growers’ Tour to New Zealand are now being accepted.
* For more information about the tour, including details of the itinerary, www.ausveg.com.au.
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