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TasTAFE is helping young Japanese farmers gain practical experience and training in Tasmanian farming practices as part of an MOU between the State Government, TasTAFE and Japanese Agriculture (JA) Biei.

Starting this week, until 15 December, TasTAFE’s Freer Farm in Burnie will become a training-base for four of JA Biei’s young farmers during the Japanese winter.

The pilot program, which is being delivered to the farmers by TasTAFE’s Primary Industries North-West team, focuses on TasTAFE training in the areas of Agriculture and Horticulture. It includes occupational health and safety and chemical training, local industry visits, study at Freer Farm and rotational work placement on farms in the North-West. English Language will also be integrated into their study.

Today, Minister for Education and Training, Jeremy Rockliff, visited Freer Farm to meet the farmers and help them plant a trial crop of pumpkin seedlings.

Tasmania is the perfect training base for the farmers as it has similar environmental conditions to Biei, a town in Hokkaido, Japan.

The partnership will have advantages for both Tasmania and Japan with participants gaining and sharing knowledge of Japanese quality control, planning and export opportunities. Through the partnership, there are also potential opportunities for Tasmania to learn more about Japanese crops such as daikon, lily bulbs, honeyberries and cold-climate melons.

 

Freer Farm hosts Japanese farmers