After a twelve month absence and intensive review of the awards program the Nursery & Garden Industry Awards make their return this June. The awards program provides an opportunity to celebrate and recognise excellence in business, and now, superior products and services within the industry.
Nursery and Garden Industry Australia is currently engaged in a project investigating the delivery of a suite of e-learning based courses designed to supplement currently delivered industry workshops.
For those of you who are unaware of what e learning is, it is the delivery of education and training using information and communication technology. This may include not only computers, but mobile technology such as tablets or smart phones. Delivery of the information may be through a variety of means such as; videos or youtube clips, presentations, interactive modules, written content and live webinars.
For those of you who are unaware, the Nursery and Garden Industry Farm Management System (FMS) manuals are available online. This provides a great opportunity for businesses to ensure that they have access to the most up to date manuals.
Manuals are available online at http://fmsmanuals.ngia.com.au/login
For new customers you will need to create an account by clicking on the ‘Create Account’ button to access the Portal where you can view, print and download all User Manuals relating to the Nursery Production Farm Management System.
For existing FMS businesses you will need to contact your Industry Development Officer who will provide you with a token to get free access to your respective online manuals.
The Nursery and Garden Industry Farm Management System is a Best Management Practice (BMP) program and comprises;
- Nursery Industry Accreditation Scheme, Australia (NIASA) the Industry Best Practice Management Program
- EcoHort the industry Environmental Management System
- BioSecure HACCP the industry specific Biosecurity Program
If you require any further information relating to the Nursery Industry Farm Management System or the access to online manuals please contact your State Industry Development Officer or the NGIA office on (02) 8861 5100.
The following fact sheets produced through the nursery levy funded research & development project ‘NY11001 Plant health biosecurity, risk management and capacity building for the nursery industry’ for pests are available on the NGIA website.
- Asiatic citrus psyllid (Diaphorina citri)
- Glassy winged sharpshooter (Homalodisca vitripennis)
- Green peach aphid (Myzus persicae)
- Sudden oak death (Phytophthora ramorum)
- Silverleaf whitefly (Bemisia tabaci biotype B)
- Two-spotted mite (Tetranychus urticae)
- Western flower thrips (Frankliniella occidentalis)
In addition to these Pest Fact Sheets, project NY11001 delivered a number of resources to the nursery industry including discounted diagnostics and national training workshops in every state and territory. The next round of workshops is being planned for 2013. Please stay in contact with you state or territory association regarding dates and locations.
For further information on project NY11001, please contact Anthony Kachenko at firstname.lastname@example.org or 02 8861 5106.
Members of the Horticultural Media Association of NSW recently conducted a tour of the Sydney University research facilities in Cobbity, NSW. The primary objective of the tour was to see how the scientific trial work often referred to in plant and/or product marketing materials is actually undertaken.
Native plant breeder and HMA President Angus Stewart said “It is important that members have a clear understanding of the process of independent scientific trialling of plants and products to verify claims made about them”
Nursery and Garden Industry was represented recently at the Post-Entry Plant Industry Consultative Committee (PEPICC) meeting held in Sydney on 20 March.
PEPICC is a national advisory forum between plant importing industries and Quarantine (Department of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries DAFF). First established in 1997 PEPICC has the aim of ensuring communication between industry and government on issues surrounding the import of plant material. It also provides an avenue for industry to voice concerns and provide advice to DAFF on issues of plant imports.
Membership of the committee includes NGIA as well as a wide range of representatives from across plant industries and individual businesses.