Will Hodgman

Premier of Tasmania

22 November 2017

Jeremy Rockliff, Minister for Education and Training

Japanese farmers experience Tasmanian agriculture

The Hodgman Liberal Government supports international education and skill sharing because of its contribution to the economy and the benefits that flow to our State.

Following on from an MOU signed during the Government’s trade delegation to East Asia earlier this year, young Japanese farmers are now gaining practical experience and training in Tasmanian farming practices at TasTAFE’s Freer Farm in Burnie during the Japanese winter.

The farmers will be provided with TasTAFE training in the areas of the English Language, Agriculture and Horticulture, and will include occupational health and safety and chemical training, farm visits, study and rotational work placement on farms in the North-West.

Today the farmers planted seedlings of two different types of Japanese pumpkin, Kurijiman and Kuriyutaka 7, on half a hectare at Freer Farm, and a live monitoring station will be set up so that the farmers can observe the progress of the pumpkin crop after they return to Japan.

Through this partnership, there are potential opportunities for Tasmania to learn more about Japanese crops such as daikon, lily bulbs, honeyberries and cold- climate melons, and it is hoped that this is the initial step towards a long-term agricultural collaboration between JA Biei and Tasmania that will bring benefits to both Tasmania and Biei and potentially more future exchange programs.

The Hodgman Government is proud to be part of this arrangement which will help enhance agricultural knowledge for both Tasmania and Japan. As well as sharing different cultures and languages, international visitors increase Tasmania’s engagement with our key export markets, and help upskill our local workforce.

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