Fair farms gets boost to fund­ing

Gatton Star - - INTO RURAL LIFE -

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.

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