GROWERS are being urged to learn their rights and obligations under the new Horticulture Code of Conduct through a series of free workshops across Queensland in August being hosted by Growcom.
The new Code, introduced on April 1, 2017, has been designed to protect growers’ interests while reflecting the business flexibilities and realities needed to operate in the market place.
Growcom, with support from Queensland’s regional horticulture organisations, will run the workshops through sponsorship from HiveXchange and with support from the VegNET program.
A representative from the ACCC will give an overview of the Code and take questions. There will also be a presentation from national online marketplace HiveXchange entitled, Managing your compliance — an online consignment tool making Code Compliance easy. Horticulture produce agreements (HPAs) developed by Growcom will also be distributed and discussed at the workshops.
While the ACCC will continue working with industry associations like Growcom to educate growers and traders, the next stage of its work will take the form of compliance checks.
Growcom Chief Advocate, Rachel Mackenzie, said the workshops would provide valuable information to growers.
“The Code workshops will help you understand types of trading arrangements and additional protections under the new Code. They will also help you get the most out of the Code without being overwhelmed by paperwork and will describe the process for raising concerns and issues,” she said.
HiveXchange CEO, Tony Palanca, said the company was proud to sponsor the Code workshops to inform growers of important industry changes.
“As Australia’s first online horticultural marketplace for produce, HiveXchange, is committed to servicing growers’ needs and making trading and marketing of produce easier and fully transparent,” he said.
“The new code of conduct is a tremendous opportunity for growers to take risk out of their business. It just needs to be properly implemented by producers. We will be sharing a new feature that we have built for Australian growers that simplifies and automates all of the new compliance obligations.”
To RSVP for catering purposes, visit www.growcom.com.au/hort-code-of-conduct/
BOWEN: August 3 — 11am to 1pm
MAREEBA: August 17 — 4.30pm to 6.30pm
GAYNDAH: August 22 — 4.30pm to 6.30pm
BUNDABERG: August 23 — 2pm to 4pm
GATTON: August 24 — 4pm to 6pm
STANTHORPE: August 31 — 4.30pm to 6.30pm