Weekly Update 16th March 2022

Published on March 16, 2022

Our pick of current industry news, events, developments and opportunities:

Freshcare Small Business Event on 22nd March 2022

Freshcare invites NSW fresh produce growers and supply chain businesses to an event focused on boosting your business through certification.

Proudly supported by NSW Government, this free event will be hosted by Freshcare CEO Jane Siebum and will provide business owners and managers with a better understanding of certification standards.

The event will include a presentation followed by Q & A session and networking opportunities, with complimentary breakfast and beverages provided.

Get your tickets now at Eventbrite

High-tech horticulture in urban Australia

A new report commissioned by Hort Innovation – and delivered by RM Consulting Group (RMCG) in consultation with growers, University of Technology Sydney and Agritecture – considers effective urban farming applications being utilized overseas, in the Australian context.

Read more at Hortidaily

2020/21 Horticulture Statistics Handbook show spuds top fresh produce sales

Potatoes have taken out the top spot in terms of the highest volume in fresh produce purchases in Australia for the past financial year.

The most recent volume of the annual Horticulture Statistics Handbook, which is released each February, has shown from the year ending June 2020 to the year ending June 2021, the value of potatoes rose by $90.9 million.

Read more at Farm Online

Regional prisoners turn lives around in the hope of finding meaningful employment after jail

In South Australia, prisoner reoffending rates have dropped by more than 10 per cent in six years, meaning fewer men are returning to correctional services within two years of leaving jail.

Correctional officers believe agricultural programs offered in prisons are contributing to the drop in returning prisoners, some of whom have committed very serious crimes.

Inmates can study certificates and diplomas in horticulture and rural operations, where currently 16 low security prisoners at a time work in the garden while completing their studies.

Read more at ABC News.