Bundaberg Fruit and Vegetable Growers actively advocate for and on behalf of regional Horticulture producers to Local, State and Federal Governments on issues that are critical to the sustainability, profitability and continuity of the thriving Horticulture industry in the Wide Bay Burnett, Fraser Coast, Gympie and Central regions.
The damage caused by COVID-19 to the Queensland horticulture industry and our supply chain partners has been severe. Domestically we lost much of our food service market almost overnight as restaurants and cafes closed and conferences and cruises were cancelled. On top of this, access to many overseas markets for our perishable goods became impossible as airfreight options evaporated. The long term security of our labour supply also remains in question. Despite this disruption, agriculture industries and horticulture in particular remain resilient and possess some of the most promising potential for a rebound of the Queensland economy. A green spring in Queensland is the roadmap developed by the horticulture industry to chart our own recovery from COVID-19. More than this, it is also the launch pad from which we will propel ourselves to even greater long term sustainability and profitability.
As growers, irrigators and business owners we are very concerned about the safety of our community, we are also concerned with the long-term viability of our community, jobs for our community and investment in and development of our region.
It is our belief that options for remediation on Paradise Dam need to be explored further. Our region, your business and your family cannot afford for our dam’s capacity to be reduced on the basis of testing not being comprehensive enough.
Bundaberg Rates Increase
Supporting the Reversal of the 2020 Bundaberg Regional Council Rates increase
Farmers across every sector of the industry in Bundaberg region have been hit with crippling rates rises of up to 235% in Bundaberg Regional Council’s 2020 Budget.
The Bundaberg Farmers Consortium call on Bundaberg Regional Council (BRC) to reverse its decision to impose council rates rises of up to 235% on the region’s farming industry.
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause respiratory infections. These can range from the common cold to more serious diseases.
COVID-19 is a disease caused by a new form of coronavirus. It was first reported in December 2019 in Wuhan City in China.
The virus can be spread through close contact with an infectious person, droplets from an infected person’s cough or sneeze and touching objects or surfaces that have droplets from an infected person and then transferring this to the mouth, nose or eyes. The virus can survive for many hours on some surfaces.
Project Management | BFVG provides a highly skilled team to provide end-to-end projects that is aimed to build the capacity and sustainability of the Horticulture industry. BFVG’s project management systems ensure on-time, on-budget delivery of quality project outcomes in a safe working environment.
Collaboration | BFVG draws on it’s intricate network of industry partners to deliver project activities.
2021-2026 | Funded by Horticulture Innovation Australia
VegNet was formed as part of the VG15040 Regional Capacity Building to grow vegetable businesses project funded by Hort Innovation in 2016, The project continues in its current form using the Vegetable Industry levy and funds from the Australian Government.
2021-2022 | Funded by The Department of Agriculture & Fisheries
The Queensland Agriculture Workforce Network (QAWN) is an industry-led rural jobs initiative funded by the Queensland Government.
BFVG services the Wide Bay Burnett, Gladstone and Banana Regions and has strong ties with a number of service providers that will be able to assist you with your recruitment and workforce development needs
Hinkler AgTech Initiative
Funded by CQUniversity through the Hinkler AgTech Initiative, the core objectives to facilitate testing of commercially available ‘AgTech’ products and services on farms in the Hinkler electorate, and provide related information and resources to support adoption within the Agriculture Industry.
Industry Collaboration Pilot
Funded by the Department of Education Skills and Employment Harvest Trail program the pilot will test industry-led approaches tht have the ptential to create long-term solutions for regions and growers in the Wide Bay Burnett and Sunshine Moreton to develop and retain a reliable workforce
BFVG offer a range of services that compliment and enhance work that is relevant to our region. We can implement & monitor field trials, host industry workshops, hire out resources, boardroom facilities and Grant writing and project management.
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It is a requirement that all businesses participating in the Freshcare Food Safety & Quality program, have at least one business representative complete training.
Freshcare training ensures each participating business has a full understanding of the Code and program requirements; how they are applicable to their business and what needs to be implemented and prepared to demonstrate compliance at audit.
BFVG have formed training partnerships with Industry relevant Registered Training Organisations (RTO’s) to deliver Nationally Accredited and professional development training programs to assist with the personal and business development of Wide Bay Burnett Horticultural businesses.
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