The new nursery industry market research project is seeking participation from all greenlife producers, allied traders and growing media suppliers to deliver an ‘industry first’. Never before has there been an opportunity to measure and map the nursery industry from the farm gate and to provide each data contributor with a free report on their position in the industry.
A key challenge for the nursery and garden industry is to ensure that members have the resources to grow their businesses says the re-elected Board of Nursery & Garden Industry Australia (NGIA).
There were no changes to the Board at NGIA’s Annual General Meeting held on November 27, 2012.
South Australian, Mr Craig Norman, Managing Director of Wholesale Plants and Products Pty Ltd, was re-elected President for a second term, as was Vice President,Mr Glenn Fenton, Managing Director of Nationwide Trees Pty Ltd and past President of Nursery & Garden Industry Victoria.
Waterwork Workshop Series was recently approved by Smart Approved WaterMark as an approved service. Smart Approved WaterMark is Australia’s leading labelling scheme for products and services that help reduce water use outdoors and around household across Australia. This voluntary scheme was established in 2004 to assist in the reduction of per capita water consumption by acknowledging water efficient products and services.
The approval process required an independent assessment of the water saving measures resulting from NIASA accredited and EcoHort certified businesses. This process was undertaken by the Smart Approved WaterMark Technical Expert Panel who agreed that the Waterwork Workshop Series clearly demonstrated water saving measures. This program join over 300 Smart Approved WaterMark products and services to use Australia’s water-saving label.
If you require any further information relating to Smart Approved WaterMark or details on the Waterwork Workshop Series and future training sessions, please contact Anthony Kachenko, NGIA Environmental and Technical Policy Manager at 02 8861 5106 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The International Symposium on Plant Propagation and Nursery Certification, held in Rancagua Chile on 24 October 2012, provided an opportunity for 150 international delegates to hear from key members of the Chilean nursery industry, leading agribusinesses and network with fellow growers and international counterparts.
The event featured a number of international speakers including Dr Anthony Kachenko, Environmental & Technical Policy Manager of the Nursery & Garden Industry of Australia (NGIA), Dr Marc van Iersel, Professor, Department of Horticulture, University of Georgia and Dr Thomas Burr, Professor and Associate Dean of Cornell’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Speakers were sponsored by the symposium organisers which included the Catholic University of Maule (UCM), CORFO (Chilean Government Department of Economic Productivity) and Chilean Fruit Nurseries Association (AGVF).
Higher density living means the big backyard is a thing of the past for many people in Australia, but people are turning to pots to keep trees and plants in their lives.
Nursery & Garden Industry Australia (NGIA) has noticed a strong trend towards container gardening, not just for small plants and vegetables but also for trees, for courtyards, balconies and small gardens.
“Many tree and shrub varieties grow quite successfully in containers. Apart from a much more attractive outlook than a fence or neighbouring building, they provide shade, better air quality and privacy,” said the CEO of NGIA, Mr Robert Prince.
“It is sad to see such limited individual green space in urban developments which highlights the need for public spaces with trees to provide all the environmental, social and financial benefits they offer.
“But it is encouraging that the community is keen to improve their plant life balance. We are witnessing a strong growth in edible gardens and tree planting, even in pots,” Mr Prince added.
A win in the national savewater! Awards ® by a production nursery is a leading example of what is being done within the industry in water conservation, reports Nursery & Garden Industry Australia (NGIA).
NGIA CEO, Mr Robert Prince, today congratulated Cameron’s Nursery in New South Wales for winning the Small Business Award that recognises innovation and achievement in their water management.
“In a 12 month period they reduced their use of potable water by 80% and had an overall reduction in water use by 36.75%. This has been achieved by investing in innovation and infrastructure and shows again the leadership from our industry in water saving practices,” Mr.Prince said.