Chance to gain skills

The Northern Star - Northern New South Wales Rural Weekly - - Finda -

FARM­ERS who are in­volved in broad­acre spray ap­pli­ca­tion are en­cour­aged to con­sider ad­vanced train­ing funded through the NSW Depart­ment of Pri­mary In­dus­tries’ $14.7m AgSkilled pro­gram. Aimed at the cot­ton and grains in­dus­tries across NSW, the AgSkilled pro­gram fo­cuses on emerg­ing tech­nolo­gies, such as the use of drones and satel­lite data, as well as farm ma­chin­ery and busi­ness man­age­ment. NSW DPI Prin­ci­pal To­cal Col­lege Dar­ren Bay­ley said ad­vanced spray ap­pli­ca­tion cour­ses were of­fered through the col­lege at lo­ca­tions across NSW to meet the needs of in­di­vid­ual farm­ers, work­ers and their en­ter­prise re­quire­ments.

"It is im­por­tant for peo­ple who use chem­i­cals to un­der­stand their re­spon­si­bil­i­ties and the ap­pro­pri­ate con­di­tions for the safe use of agri­cul­tural chem­i­cals," Mr Bay­ley said.

"Re­duc­ing her­bi­cide chem­i­cal spray drift can help pro­tect pro­duc­tion and prof­itabil­ity in the cot­ton and grains in­dus­tries.

"It also helps pro­tect other sen­si­tive ar­eas and en­ter­prises in­clud­ing bush­land, wa­ter­ways, bee­keep­ers and the broader com­mu­nity.

"These cour­ses are de­signed to en­sure farm­ers and farm work­ers are equipped with the right skills to stay chem­i­cal safe."

The ad­vanced chem­i­cal spray ap­pli­ca­tion train­ing cour­ses are de­liv­ered in part­ner­ship with Spray Safe and Save’s ac­cred­ited trainer, Craig Day.

Mr Day said as cot­ton crops are sown in new ar­eas of the state, more broad­acre farm­ers are be­ing chal­lenged to en­sure they re­duce drift from their spray ap­pli­ca­tion pro­cesses.

To reg­is­ter your in­ter­est con­tact Cath on

02 6345 5818 or for more in­for­ma­tion visit www.to­cal.nsw.edu.au.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

BROAD­ACRE OP­POR­TU­NI­TIES: Ad­vanced chem­i­cal spray ap­pli­ca­tion train­ing funded through NSW De­part­ment of Pri­mary In­dus­tries’ AgSkilled pro­gram.

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