There is no doubt almost every business is driven by the goal of increasing operational efficiency and improving the bottom line. The good news is, there is support available to help nursery growers achieve this through access to the latest technology and information designed to help guide informed business decisions.
Outcome Four of the 2017-21 Strategic Investment Plan (SIP) brings global innovation information to growers’ fingertips and promotes best management practices (BMPs) through programs like BioSecure HACCP and EcoHort to ensure a more efficient and sustainable industry.
The goal is to improve the productivity, profitability and professionalism of the industry through the creation of opportunities through innovation and the adoption of industry best management practices.
This will be achieved through three interconnected approaches:
1. Innovating to create opportunities
Innovation plays a vital role in the long-term development of the nursery industry. Identifying new methods to minimise production costs, manage pests and diseases and reduce labour costs are key focus areas where innovative initiatives could lay the foundation for how future production nurseries operate.
A key deliverable of Outcome Four is communicating relevant nursery industry innovations and important trends to levy payers.
2. Adopting industry best management practices
To keep at the forefront of best practice, a review of current BMPs and accreditations will highlight areas where potential improvements and R&D gaps may exist. The updated approach will reflect a strong commercial focus, to promote and expand the uptake of the Nursery Industry Accreditation Scheme Australia (NIASA) guidelines, EcoHort and BioSecure HACCP certification.
A variety of case studies are available for growers to see successful BMPs in action at nurseries across Australia. From water management plans to business data collection, these case studies share the success story and methodology of businesses engaging in innovative practices to increase their productivity, with learnings that can be applied to businesses of any size.
Case studies are available on the NGIA website, some recent examples are below:
- Roof boosts production 25 per cent, Humphris Nursery, VIC
- Biosecurity a ‘no brainer’ for growing media manufacturers, Green Fingers Potting Mix and Rocky Point Mulching, QLD
- Producing more with less, Cameron’s Nursery, NSW
- Incremental changes add up to a better bottom line, Domus, WA
- Biosecurity pays off for Pohlmans Nursery, QLD
- More case studies can be found on the NGIA website
3. Engaging levy payers
Communicating the role and value of levy-funded activities helps growers understand the how levy-funded R&D and marketing outcomes improve the industry’s profitability and sustainability.
Through the project, Communication program for the Australian Nursery Industry 2015-2018 (NY15006), work is being done to share success stories of industry best practice, and to keep growers up-to-date with the latest technical information, topics of interest and upcoming events.
Growers can utilise the following resources to receive the latest update on levy funded initiatives and other relevant industry news:
- Subscribe to the monthly Your Levy @ Work e-newsletter and read the latest levy updates on the Your Levy @ Work website
- Like the NGIA facebook page and following NGIA on twitter
- Watch case study videos and biosecurity webinars on the NGIA YouTube channel
- Read the technical Nursery Paper in the Hort Journal publication or read it online via the NGIA website
- Read best practice case studies on the NGIA website
The SIP lays the foundation for decision making in levy investments and represents the balanced interest of the nursery industry. It is split into five outcomes that shape the direction of industry levy investment over a five-year period.
Keep an eye out for the next instalment of the SIP series exploring Outcome Five, better career development, and what opportunities are available to growers and the industry.
- 2017-21 Strategic Investment Plan
- Part 1 of the SIP series
- Part 2 of the SIP series
- Part 3 of the SIP series
- Nursery Levy Fund information