Grower Study Tour – Netherlands and Germany
This tour report details the 2011 Grower Tour to Germany and Netherlands which saw eight Australian participants visit vegetable growing regions in Europe and learn their practices. In addition to the farm visits, growers were given the opportunity to attend the Fruit Logistica in Berlin, Germany. The 2011 tour gave growers the chance to explore the similarities and the differences between the European and Australian vegetable industries. This experience benefitted the participants by extending the opportunity to form relationships, identify alternative business management practices, and develop personal skills. Another key element was that growers were able to compare production systems, including costs and profit, with their European counterparts as well as with members of the global horticulture industry by attending the Fruit Logistica Trade Fair.