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Partnering with the Australian cherry industry: a responsive and participatory extension approach


Nissen, RJ and Measham, PA and Corkrey, S and Close, DC, Partnering with the Australian cherry industry: a responsive and participatory extension approach, Proceedings of 8th International Cherry Symposium, 05-09 June 2017, Yamagata, pp. 155-160. ISSN 0567-7572 (2019) [Refereed Conference Paper]


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DOI: doi:10.17660/ActaHortic.2019.1235.20


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.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:grower communities, industry development, participatory program, regional
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Plant biology
Research Field:Plant physiology
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the environmental sciences
UTAS Author:Measham, PA (Dr Penny Measham)
UTAS Author:Corkrey, S (Dr Ross Corkrey)
UTAS Author:Close, DC (Professor Dugald Close)
ID Code:152290
Year Published:2019
Deposited By:TIA - Research Institute
Deposited On:2022-08-16
Last Modified:2022-09-05
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