Young horticulturists from northern Victoria wanting to expand their horizons have an opportunity for overseas travel in a Rotary Club program.
Successful applicants will be able to participate in an expenses-paid trip to Canada to study horticulture in that region.
Rotarian Les Mitchell from Shepparton said the opportunity had arisen following a visit sponsored by Ontario Rotary, which visited the Goulburn Valley earlier this year.
‘‘Capitalising on their home experience in growing, marketing and the regulatory framework existing in Canada and the USA, they were able to discuss common issues with farmers, consultants, regulators and develop linkages for future co-operation.
‘‘This reciprocal visit is aimed at strengthening these contacts and developing stronger co-operation between our districts.’’
The Rotary District is now looking for aspiring young horticulturists who want to further their knowledge and experience.
The subjects are expected to include weather monitoring, frost control, apple consumption patterns and cider industry development, hop production, co-operative structures, developing export markets, post-harvest management of new varieties and visits to leading growers, pack-houses and research establishments.
Mr Mitchell, who has a background in horticulture, will lead the team. Applications must be completed by December 18.
■For more information, phone Les Mitchell on 0427 438 235 or email: [email protected]