Industry Development

The Bowen Gumlu Growers Association provides a voluntary contribution matched by Horticulture Australia to fund an Industry Development Manager. The role of the Industry Development Manager is to support a more sustainable future for growers and the industry locally, state-wide and nationally through Industry Development programs, projects and initiatives.

 

Industry Development Manager Initiatives and Projects

Market Access & Systems Approaches

  • Bowen Gumlu Growers Association (BGGA) in collaboration with the DAFF Q have funded research into the development of a protocol specific to the Bowen and Gumlu Region
  • BGGA negotiates on behalf of growers for market access into the Domestic markets nationally and to gain and keep vital export markets
  • BGGA funds alternative options for protocols to gain market access domestically and for export markets
  • BGGA has funded research into lower dose rates, alternative treatments for QFly

Skills and Workforce Development

  • BGGA has set up a Skills and Workforce Development Management Committee to manage key issues and challenges
  • The committee has developed a workforce strategy to support gaining further funding and resources for initiatives
  • BGGA has developed a set of initiatives to encourage up take of career opportunities and traineeships in horticulture
  • BGGA has developed a webpage to attract more people into the industry in this region
  • BGGA has worked with government at a State and National level to make sure workforce development is recognised as a key priority for the industry and government in order to work towards a solution

Pest & Disease

  • BGGA collaborates on a number of key projects to manage pest and disease issues in the region
  • Alternative Fruit Fly Management and Market Access Project for Capsicum and Tomato
  • Alternative Fruit Fly Management and Market Access Project for Eggplant
  • Dimethoate and Fenthion Efficacy Trials
  • Development of a test to quantify irradiation damage in fruit flies
  • VG09038 - Vegetable soil health systems for overcoming limitations causing soil borne diseases
  • Will be looking to do work in the area of powdery mildew and Area Wide Management of QFly

Reef Rescue

The facilitation of the Reef Rescue program was done through NQ Dry Tropics delivered through Growcom. BGGA collaborated on this project and promoted it to growers in the region.

The grant supports maximising growers productivity and product quality. This provided funding and support to horticultural growers for practice changes that resulted in improved water quality through the reduction of nutrients, sediments and pesticides leaving farms.This funding ceased in June 2013.

 

Listed are some examples of how current farm practices could be improved, while increasing farm efficiency:

  • Effective nutrient application rates – flow rate controllers, variable rate applicators under GPS guidance
  • Precision fertiliser placement – fertigation systems
  • Better soil health – minimum tillage equipment, increased groundcover under tree/crops, permanent beds, precision in-crop operations, controlled traffic
  • Improved water use efficiency – drip or overhead irrigation systems, automated irrigation equipment
  • Reducing your off-farm runoff – recycle pits and associated infrastructure or constructed wetland

Reef Guardians

  • The Industry Development Manager (IDM) is on the Steering Committee for Reef Guardian Farmers
  • The IDM is currently setting up in collaboration with GBRMPA a Reef Guardian Cluster of growers in the Bowen and Gumlu region

Research & Development

BGGA supports a number of R & D projects currently and will continue to in the future:

  • Alternative Fruit Fly Management and Market Access Project for Capsicum and Tomato
  • Alternative Fruit Fly Management and Market Access Project for Eggplant
  • Dimethoate and Fenthion Efficacy Trials
  • Development of a test to quantify irradiation damage in fruit flies
  • VG09038 - Vegetable soil health systems for overcoming limitations causing soil borne diseases
  • VG09041 - Environmental effects of vegetable production on ‘sensitive’ waterways
  • Controlled traffic farming for production efficiencies and soil health in tropical vegetables
  • Water for Bowen project
  • Inductions and Passport Pilot Program across Bundaberg and Bowen
  • MT09068 - Comparison of biodegradable mulch products to polyethylene in irrigated vegetable, tomato and melon crops

 

Workshops

 

  • Biosecurity/AQIS/Market Access
  • Alternative Fruitfly Control
  • Biodegradable Mulch Film
  • Water & Natural Resources
  • Nutrition
  • Pesticide Use
  • Soil Health
  • Industrial Relations & Immigration & Visa’s
  • Climate Change & Carbon
  • Succession Planning
  • Leadership
  • Business Management
  • Reef Rescue
  • Food Circle/Food Connect
  • Pest & Disease Management
  • Workplace Health & Safety
  • Leadership
  • Policy and Regulatory Reform
  • Media releases
  • Inductions for industry workforce
  • Passport programs
  • Grant Writing
  • Templates
  • Business Planning
  • Marketing
  • Upcoming Workshops
  • Industrial Relations
  • Strategic Marketing Plan

BGGA has gained funding to develop a strategic marketing plan across agri-tourism to build a story around the Grown in the Whitsunday branding initiative and recommend key opportunities for the horticulture industry within the tourism industry to better support production and sustainability long term.

 

Industry Development Events

Biosecurity Workshop Soil Health Workshop Leadership Workshop
Pest and Disease Workshop Denise Kreymborg Meeting

Industry Development contribution to industry and networks

The Industry Development Manager contributes to a number of industry, government and community strategies, programs, initiatives and working and advisory groups. Some of these are:

  • National Food Plan
  • Australian Melon Association Strategic Plan
  • Australian Mango Association Strategic Plan
  • Bundaberg Fruit and Vegetable Growers Strategic Plan
  • National Fruitfly Strategy
  • Reef Rescue Initiative
  • Reef Guardian Initiative – Horticulture, Cane and Grazing
  • Local Council Regional Development Plan
  • Horticulture 2020 – Alliance for Action (working groups – Workforce Development & Policy and Regulation)
  • National Vegetable Industry Advisory Group – People Development and Leadership (workforce development)
  • Regional Economic Development Strategy
  • Urban Encroachment on Agriculture Strategic Plan
  • Director on Enterprise Whitsunday