Subsidy cuts course costs

OPPORTUNITY: Learning about bee pollination

OPPORTUNITY: Learning about bee pollination

North Coast Local Land Services is offering local commercial blueberry growers and their farm managers the opportunity to learn about managing bees for pollination.

As part of its Sustainable Agriculture program, North Coast Local Land Services is calling for expressions of interest from commercial blueberry growers to attend a one day training course delivered through Tocal College of Agriculture.

Julie Dart, Senior Land Services Officer said the “Using Bees for Pollination” course usually costs $495 per person but will be subsidised, cutting the cost to $245 for eligible participants.

Funding for the subsidy is provided by the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.

“By attending this training local growers can improve key aspects in using commercially managed honeybees for pollination of crops,” Julie said.

“We hope by providing training, horticulturists will benefit from skills and knowledge that will allow them to grow productive crops, whilst keeping local bees healthy.” 

The course aims to assist farmers understand the process of pollination including:

* management and assessment of hives for pollination

* how to price and formalise a pollination contract

* how to maximise pollination by planning your farm with bees in mind

* individual crop pollination requirements

* risks to pollination efficiency

* pollinators in the crop

The course will run on Monday, April 16 at Yarrawarra Aboriginal Cultural Centre. Payment of the $245 course fee will be required to confirm your enrolment by Monday 19 March.  The course fee includes learning materials and vegetarian meals.

A full description of the course can be found on the NSW Department of Industries website: https://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/content/agriculture/tocal-skills-training/courses/using-bees-for-polination

Places are limited and registration is essential. To reserve your place, please contact Julie Dart on 6659 9406 or by email julie.dart@lls.nsw.gov.au. A waiting list will be made if interest exceeds course places.