Fair farms gets boost to funding
INDUSTRY group Growcom welcomed the announcement of ongoing funding for the Fair Farms initiative by Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
Growcom chief advocate Rachael Mackenzie said the ongoing funding would benefit both workers and the industry.
“Growcom has long been a champion of treating workers fairly in the horticulture industry and continues to make significant steps in assisting growers to meet and demonstrate compliance with workplace legislation,” Ms Mackenzie said.
“We have a zero tolerance for worker exploitation and want to give good growers the tools to differentiate themselves in the market place.”
The Fair Farms certification scheme offers a code of practice that clearly outlines what farm businesses must do to comply with employment laws and industry standards, online self-assessment against the code, training options as well as third party auditing and certification if required.
Growcom has commenced the pilot of the national Fair Farms certification and training, which will give growers the tools they need to treat their workers fairly as well as restoring confidence to customers and the wider community, and anticipated a full roll out in early 2019.
Ms Mackenzie said the scheme was needed.
“Growcom has worked closely with state and national horticulture industry groups, retailers and supply chain stakeholders to ensure the initiative meets the needs of all industry members,” she said.
The announcement was made alongside the Prime Minister’s three point plan for the horticulture industry’s workforce needs.