Lo­cal farm­ing cour­ses

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

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.

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