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Veggie growers set to reap benefits of funding

Greater Sydney Local Land Services has announced a three-year partnership with Horticulture Innovation Australia (Hort innovation) to provide extension services, advice and support for vegetable growers.

Greater Sydney Local Land Services General Manager David Hogan said it had successfully secured $1M through Hort Innovation’s National Vegetable Extension Network.

“It is with great pleasure I announce this funding today as it will build on our existing work supporting a more productive, sustainable and vibrant horticulture industry in NSW,” Mr Hogan said.

“This significant project forms part of Hort Innovation’s National Vegetable Extension Network and will bring existing research and growers together with the aim to drive practice change and increase grower productivity.”

Mr Hogan said the project would contain a bi-lingual element to cater for the cultural diversity of the sector, with a focus on extension to Chinese, Vietnamese and Khmer growers.

“This is another fantastic example of the work being done on the ground in collaboration and consultation with local growers to provide new opportunities and meaningful support to our $1 billion horticulture industry,” he said.

The project will incorporate the delivery of training events and field days at key growing sites including the Greater Sydney Local Land Services demonstration farm where agricultural advisory experts will help growers to apply new research outcomes in a bid to boost grower productivity.

Hort Innovation Fund Manager Greg Murdoch said the project, which is funded through vegetable levies and matched Federal Government funding, came about through the horticulture industry’s strong interest in technology and world-best-practice techniques.

“We look forward to collaboratively working with Local Land Services to help Greater Sydney growers adopt the latest technologies and on-farm practices,” he said.

“Over the past year, Hort Innovation has worked with its research partners to deliver more than 130 vegetable-industry-related research and development projects, and we currently have almost 100 more in the pipeline. Greater Sydney Local Land Services will be sharing this information with growers with the ultimate aim of helping them increase their farm-gate returns.”

Media contacts:

Greater Sydney Local Land Services: Nikki McGrath (02) 4724 2138 M: 0448 953 755

Hort Innovation: Kelly Vost-Parkes 0447 304 255