Ini­tia­tive pro­vides fair go for ru­ral work­ers

Central and North Burnett Times - - LIFE -

A PRO­GRAM to bet­ter in­form con­sumers and grow­ers about the im­por­tance of fair farm prac­tices and im­prove the hor­ti­cul­ture in­dus­try’s rep­u­ta­tion for fair work­place re­la­tions was launched this week.

Grow­com launched the Fair Farms Ini­tia­tive with As­sis­tant Min­is­ter for Agri­cul­ture and Wa­ter Re­sources Se­na­tor Anne Rus­ton in front of grow­ers and in­dus­try stake­hold­ers at Hort Con­nec­tions 2017.

Chief ad­vo­cate Rachel MacKen­zie said the ini­tia­tive would give pro­duc­tion hor­ti­cul­ture grow­ers tools to en­sure work­ers were treated fairly and the abil­ity to com­mu­ni­cate this to con­sumers through third party cer­ti­fi­ca­tion.

“Fair Farms Ini­tia­tive is be­ing rolled out na­tion­ally with the aim to help re­store both consumer and pub­lic con­fi­dence in the hor­ti­cul­ture sec­tor’s labour prac­tices,” Ms MacKen­zie said.

“Grow­com is show­ing sec­tor-wide lead­er­ship with this proac­tive ap­proach to tack­ling the hor­ti­cul­ture sec­tor’s well-pub­li­cised chal­lenges.”

Fair Farms will be de­liv­ered through Grow­com’s Hort360 Work­place Re­la­tions best man­age­ment prac­tice (BMP) mod­ules to en­able grow­ers to do a con­fi­den­tial risk as­sess­ment of their cur­rent prac­tice and iden­tify im­prove­ments.

Tar­geted sem­i­nars through Aus­tralia’s key hor­ti­cul­tural re­gions will also be rolled out along­side hu­man re­source qual­i­fi­ca­tion as­sis­tance.

“Grow­com is de­ter­mined to work with farm­ers and con­sumers to de­liver the same high stan­dard in work­place prac­tices that we have come to ex­pect from our prod­ucts,” Ms MacKen­zie said.

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