October 9, 2017
Participants of the Australia Awards Fellowship Certificate IV in Agribusiness have received a boost through a visit by their University of New England (UNE) and Rural Biz Training lecturers to help them with their business plans for growth and diversification.
The 25 agriculturalists from Papua New Guinea returned from their Agribusiness short course to join a post-course workshop aimed at helping them improve efficiency and enhance business profits through creative marketing and sound financial management.
UNE and Rural Biz Training representatives are facilitating the workshop that starts today in Goroka, and discussing the emerging agribusiness opportunities in Papua New Guinea.
But it hasn’t been all one-way learning, according to UNE’s director of international development activities, Professor John Gibson.
“We’ve learnt an enormous amount already about how systems work in PNG, the problems participants face and the opportunities that exist for improvement,” he said. “This course sees us working together to try and find solutions. It also builds long-term relationships and opportunities for further collaboration.”
Participants are self-employed or from various organisations such as the Coffee Industry Corporation, the Fresh Produce Development Agency, Table Birds, Trukai, Care International, farming cooperatives and Government departments.
Ms Suzanne Edgecombe, Counsellor, Education congratulated the fellows on behalf of the Australian Government.
“Agriculture is the backbone of this beautiful country but it is increasingly important that agriculturalists understand and utilise a broad range of modern agribusiness techniques to remain competitive. That is why I take great pleasure in congratulating these participants on their accomplishments.
“Skills enhancement combined with on-the-ground experience is the key to unlocking and taking advantage of new options available to modern agribusiness ventures,” she explained.
The participants will be able to explore real world examples of innovation in agribusiness over the course of the five-day workshop. They will receive coaching on how to improve profits, connect with like-minded farmers and producers in their professional circle, and attain information directly relevant to their industry.
The Certificate IV in Agribusiness program explores the thematic areas of product commercialisation and development principles, financial administration practices for small business management, health and safety principles and procedures, business structures and management principles, human resource management, and understanding supply chains and value chains.
The workshop program will continue until 13 October.
You can learn more about Fellowships at www.australiaawardspng.org/fellowships.