VegNET Gippsland will continue for a further ten months, until February 2020 subject to the signing of some final paperwork.
VegNET Gippsland set to be extended
Hort Innovation, the horticulture research and development council, advised that the ten, current, regional capacity building projects for the vegetable industry have been extended beyond their original three-year terms to allow time for a new tender process for Phase 2 of the program to ensue.
Food & Fibre Gippsland Interim CEO, Dr. Nicola Watts has welcomed the extension, saying it is great news for the region and for the industry as a whole.
"Gippsland's vegetable industry can only continue to benefit from the services and activities delivered by the VegNET Gippsland project to date and those that will feature in the next ten months.
Growers, big and small, organic and intensive, have embraced the available R&D and used it wisely to innovate to improve productivity and profitability.
This is a fabulous opportunity to identify the gaps in R&D and shine the spotlight on the needs of Gippsland growers...We are all in this together."
Many thanks to our Industry Development Officer Shayne Hyman who has done an outstanding job in delivering VegNet Gippsland over the past three years.
Shayne will be undertaking some other part-time project work for Food & Fibre Gippsland until the programme extension is confirmed.
More information will be made available in the next couple of weeks.