Local farming courses
Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre is now in Waikato, and will offer a free ‘‘ Introduction to Farming’’ programme which provides practical, hands-on training.
Students can base themselves in Putaruru, Morrinsville, Ngaruawahia or Te Awamutu.
The introductory programme will focus on safety, confidence building and best-practice farming skills. In the free 23-week course, students will gain skills on quad bikes, tractors, chainsaws, fencing, and handling livestock.
Taratahi’s chief executive officer Donovan Wearing said: ‘‘ There is such strong demand from the Wai- kato for relevant, practical training in agriculture and we are looking forward to allowing locals to stay in the region and still be able to gain great skills.’’
The programme starts in Putaruru on Monday, February 25, and Taratahi will be at Putaruru A&P Show on Saturday, February 23.
Places are limited and early registration is encouraged to ensure a place on this new programme. Contact the main office on 0800 827 2824, email info@taratahi. ac.nz, website taratahi.ac.nz or phone Waikato project manager Annie Waterworth on 021 306 587.