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Grow your orchardist career with the APAL Short Course in Fruit Production

Industry Best Practice

Are you an up-and-coming orchard manager who wants to upskill your knowledge of practical fruit production? 

APAL’s intensive Short Course in Fruit Production aims to equip current and emerging fruit growers and orchard managers with a technical skillset covering a range of topics. With a scientific basis, the content presented in this course is intended to give participants an understanding of the underlying processes in the orchard to enable capability around decision-making and orchard design, and their horticultural understanding.

This course is aimed at current and emerging leaders, between 20 and 35 years of age. In this first year, consideration will be given to the inclusion of older participants on a case-by-case basis.

The 5-day course will be delivered from 29 July to 2 August 2024 in the Goulburn Valley at Agriculture Victoria’s Tatura SmartFarm precinct.

A range of topics affecting apple and pear production, will be covered by Australian and international experts.

Topics will include:
– economics of fruit growing
– growth, flowering, fruit set and crop management
– soil and ground preparation
– irrigation and nutrition
– pest and disease management
– growth regulator usage, including chemical thinning
– pre- and post-harvest fruit management to maximise quality
– sprayer calibration and usage.

It is intended that this Short Course in Fruit Production will be offered every second year, with a soft skills leadership course run in the alternate year. The 2025 leadership course will engage in staff management, effective communication, understanding of self and others, leadership and negotiation.

For further information on the course, including expressions of interest or sponsorship opportunities, contact Nic Finger: [email protected]


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