Issue 6
Tuesday, 26 April 2016
Charles Darwin University
E-news
CDU’s School of Primary Industries held a stall at Farm and Garden Day in Katherine
CDU’s School of Primary Industries held a stall at Farm and Garden Day in Katherine

Horticultural growth sprouts training opportunities

By Katie Weiss

A horticultural expert has emphasised the value of delivering horticultural training programs in the Katherine region, saying that the region was an important area of economic growth.

Horticulture and aquaculture team leader Scott McDonald said his team was based in Darwin but regularly travelled to Katherine to provide training for workers at various organisations, farms, and rural properties.

Mr McDonald said his team was currently delivering training to five businesses and organisations in the region, and recently held an information stall at the town’s Farm and Garden Day event.

His team was joined by Katherine Rural Campus and Town Centre staff at the stall at Katherine Research Station to promote CDU’s Vocational Education and Training courses, including courses in horticulture, agriculture and rural operations.

“Katherine is an important area of economic growth, which is why it is important to ensure its industries’ workforce is highly skilled and experienced,” Mr McDonald said.

“We wanted to make contact with farmers in the region who attended the event to see if they could build on existing skills through our various training opportunities.”

He said his team customised training programs to meet the needs of individual participants in Katherine, and the program included on-farm training, skills assessment, and some class room training.

The horticulture team also recently held a stall at the Northern Australia Food Futures Conference in Darwin to promote CDU’s School of Primary Industries programs.