Tasmanian farmers will benefit from a new, non-exclusive agreement reached between UTAS’ Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA) and three major consulting firms.
In a bid to improve the focus and effectiveness of agricultural extension services TIA and the firms AK Consultants, Macquarie Franklin and RDS Partners have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).
“The MoU defines our joint commitment for close collaboration in the design and implementation of agricultural extension activities that will improve the profitability and sustainability of agriculture in Tasmania,” the Director of TIA, Professor Holger Meinke, said today.
“TIA and the MOU signatories, as representatives of Tasmania’s private sector generally, are proud that we have created the opportunity for all private service providers to engage with the institute in the development of Tasmanian agriculture.”
The key planks of this MoU are:
“We believe this closer cooperation will not only improve the effectiveness and delivery of extension services, but it will build the capability of the organisations and personnel involved,” Prof Meinke said.
“We ask that all staff keep in mind the objectives of the MoU and be proactive in coming forward with ideas and suggestions for cooperation.”
Authorised by the Executive Director, Student Centre
27 June, 2012