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Organic Advisory Service Meetings

Organic Advisory Service Meetings

Organic Advisory Service Meeting for Bay of Plenty
1pm - 4pm Monday May 8, Te Puke Citizens Club, SH2, Te Puke

Organic Advisory Service Meeting for Southland
10am – 1pm Friday May 5, Senior Citizens Hall, Gore

Organic Advisory Service Meeting for Top of the South
Hearing Association Rooms, 354 Trafalgar Square, Nelson, 9-30am –12-30pm Monday May 8,

Organic Advisory Service Meeting for Auckland
10am –1pm at Auckland Horticultural Council Hall, 990 Great North Road, May 2

Organic Advisory Service Meeting for Waikato / Hauraki, May 5
10am – 1pm Friday May 5, Matamata Club, Matamata

With the recently announced Government funding for an Organics Advisory Service, the organic sector umbrella organisation, Organics Aotearoa New Zealand is having a consultation workshop for the Waikato - Hauraki region at the Matamata Club in Matamata, Friday May 5, to help design how an advisory service would best work for the organic sector.

Research and Development will also be covered and the free meetings are open to all.
To hear about developments in the organic sector and be part of the process, all primary producers, processors, researchers, and consultants are invited whether organic or not, as the information gathered is to design an organic advisory service for both existing organic producers and those contemplating a move to organics.

Organics Aotearoa New Zealand (OANZ) in representing key organic organisations and sector groups, has started the design process with this nationwide series of regional meetings. OANZ has a goal of $1 billion in organic sales by 2013 and Government is supporting this with both seed funding for OANZ and the Advisory Service funding.

It is anticipated that with the OANZ Organic Advisory Service design team already at work, the first stage of an Advisory Service should get under way soon after the Government funding is released later in the year.

As well as holding workshops, OANZ is conducting personal interviews. OANZ has already collated and written a status report on much of the existing organic advice sources and available research information.

Frank van Steensel, Advisory Project Team Leader said that “the team will be asking for the type of information needed and what advice methods have worked in the past? What approaches might work particularly well now? What is required in particular regions or sectors?”
“For example, the approach might entail small farmer learning groups with a facilitator, the internet, one on one interaction with an experienced farmer advisor, model farms… what will work the best?”

For those unable to attend the regional meetings, an online questionnaire is available for participants to complete at http://www.e-campbell.net/oanz/

There is also a link off most of New Zealand’s organic websites with information with workshop dates and venues, and the questionnaire.

www.organicnz.org , www.biodynamic.org.nz , www.bio-gro.co.nz , www.organicfarm.org.nz , www.sustainable.org.nz .

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