Learn rights at growers workshop
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.