Learn rights at grow­ers work­shop

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - NEWS -

SUN­SHINE Coast grow­ers are be­ing urged to learn their rights and obli­ga­tions un­der the new Hor­ti­cul­ture Code of Con­duct in a free work­shop be­ing hosted by Grow­com on Oc­to­ber 12.

The new code, in­tro­duced on April 1, 2017, has been de­signed to pro­tect grow­ers’ in­ter­ests while re­flect­ing the busi­ness flex­i­bil­i­ties and re­al­i­ties needed to op­er­ate in the mar­ket place.

Grow­com, with sup­port from Queens­land’s re­gional hor­ti­cul­ture or­gan­i­sa­tions, will run a work­shop through spon­sor­ship from HiveXchange and with sup­port from the VegNET pro­gram.

A guest speaker from the ACCC will give an over­view of the code and take ques­tions. There will also be a pre­sen­ta­tion from na­tional on­line mar­ket­place HiveXchange en­ti­tled, Man­ag­ing your com­pli­ance – an on­line con­sign­ment tool mak­ing code com­pli­ance easy. Hor­ti­cul­ture pro­duce agree­ments (HPAs) de­vel­oped by Grow­com will also be dis­trib­uted and dis­cussed at the work­shop.

While the ACCC will con­tinue work­ing with in­dus­try as­so­ci­a­tions like Grow­com to ed­u­cate grow­ers and traders, the next stage of its work will take the form of com­pli­ance checks.

Grow­com Chief Ad­vo­cate Rachel Macken­zie said the work­shop would pro­vide valu­able in­for­ma­tion to grow­ers.

“The code work­shop will help you un­der­stand types of trad­ing ar­range­ments and ad­di­tional pro­tec­tions un­der the new code. It will also help you get the most out of the code with­out be­ing over­whelmed by pa­per­work and will de­scribe the process for rais­ing con­cerns and is­sues,” she said.

The event will be at DAF Ma­roochy Re­search Fa­cil­ity – 47 May­ers Rd, Coes Creek, from 10am, book at grow­com.com.au.

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