Partnering with the Australian cherry industry: a responsive and participatory extension approach
conference contributionposted on 2023-05-23, 15:28 authored by Nissen, RJ, Measham, PA, Stephen CorkreyStephen Corkrey, Dugald CloseDugald Close
RD&E has shifted from Australian government to private sector providers over the last few decades. This requires new approaches to public and private partnerships. A four-year program was designed that identified relevant expertise, whether grower, consultant, researcher or international expert, and relevant grower topics presented by annual 'road show' campaigns. Growers were surveyed on the design and effectiveness of the program. Growers indicated that small regional groups work best, but they need to be assisted by advisors and researchers. Growers also indicated they should have the ability to be self-directed. Growers want on-farm field days and informal and formal information sessions. Results show that multiple research and extension methods are required to deliver a broad range of priority information to a diverse range of growers and regions. Almost all of the 308 growers (62% of the total industry) who were surveyed indicated they would participate in a future national development program. This program has enabled information flow between growers, consultants/advisors and researchers which facilitated the adoption of new ideas and technology.
Publication titleProceedings of 8th International Cherry Symposium
EditorsK Beppu, H Bessho, T Haji, H Yaegaki, and D Matsumoto
Department/SchoolTasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA)
PublisherISHS Acta Horticulturae
Place of publicationJapan
Event titleActa Horticulturae
Date of Event (Start Date)2017-06-05
Date of Event (End Date)2017-06-09
Rights statementCopyright 2019 The International Society for Horticultural Science. The original publication is available at www.actahort.org.