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Dear <<First Name>>,

I appreciate that COVID-19 has been challenging to us all, in so many ways. We know and understand the need for a Business Continuity Plan (BCP) to ensure we are prepared when an unexpected risk impacts on our business.
With COVID-19, it was one out of nowhere, that came really fast, and with such an impact that we all had to address - and very quickly - the health and economic crises that engulfed us all.
BCP were activated and helped many businesses manage under huge pressures.
Over the last week, we have seen in other States, that spikes and lockdowns, border closures and employment bubbles have necessitated for BCPs to have options “1” – “2” – “3” to cover unknown or unseen events.
And these events will keep coming. I am writing this on Tuesday afternoon and by the time you get to read this newsletter, there will most likely be new challenges impacting on our planning for sales and supplies to interstate and international markets.
If it is one observation that I have to make, it is that we must make sure that we have more than one plan; more than one option, If option “1” doesn’t mesh with the challenge, then we need to be able to move to option “2” and so on.
Hence the need to plan ahead.
If you need seasonal labour in 3-month’ s time, start planning and recruiting now, if you need freight space to send products overseas, start planning now, if you feel you’ll be challenged when JobKeeper and Jobseeker is scheduled to be phased out, start planning now
The time to plan ahead is NOW. It’s so important!

Freight – What will be the impacts for Tasmania next season?

July 27

International air freight assistance has been extended to Feb 2021, global sea freight capacity is shrinking and these will impact on export supply chains.
Hear what three industry-respected participants are considering and their expectations.

Brett Charlton – Agility Logistics & Chair - Tasmanian Freight Logistics Council
Michael Byrne – International Freight Coordinator General - IFAM
Peter Liddell – Partner - Asia Pacific Head of Strategy & Operations at KPMG

Click here to register

People and workforce

Two articles worth reading because workplace planning, and seasonal labour needs to start now.

Optimising the Performance of Your Seasonal Workforce

With improving profitability for Australian agribusinesses becoming increasingly difficult each year, the need to get the best from your seasonal workforce has never been greater.

Simon Drum has written a great article which reinforces the need to start planning now.

Do you change your people, or change the way your people work?

In the face of the disruptive forces changing the working world, organizations need to become much more adaptable to rapid change — and they need their people to be flexible and agile to match, at a time when it’s getting harder to source, manage, motivate and retain talent while controlling costs.
EY has an approach that may help you better prepare your approach as you start planning now.

Survey Extension to 17 July 2020

Reminder: Economic Contribution of Fresh Produce Industry in Tasmania Survey

Dear Tasmanian Growers & Stakeholders,
As you may be aware, the Australian Fresh Produce Alliance (AFPA) commissioned a study with Deloitte Access Economics to determine the economic contribution of the fresh produce industry to the Tasmanian economy. This is an important piece of work in our efforts to demonstrate the value of our industry to the community and general public. The AFPA plans to use this study in its advocacy with Government(s), and the broader fruit and vegetable industry to achieve better policy outcomes for industry. As part of this project, we have been collecting data via online survey on the size of businesses in the industry and their main costs.
To ensure the data we collect is as robust and complete as possible we are approaching a number of industry groups and companies outside the Australian Fresh Produce Alliance membership for data. More detail on the survey and data collection process is provided via the project summary and FAQs.

The survey is available to complete via this link.
Please note the survey performs best using Chrome as a browser. 

This link will assure your anonymity if you do not wish to be identified. In addition, should you wish for Deloitte to sign a Non Disclosure Agreement, please let us know. You may request this via AFPA directly ( or feel free to contact Deloitte ( if you prefer.
For those growers who have already completed the survey, and those stakeholders that have shared the survey with your networks - thank you. Today, Deloitte Access Economics have advised us that the data and information received from responses to date is of a very high quality and this will assist them immensely in their modelling.
To ensure we have the most representative data set possible, we are asking any growers who have not yet completed the survey to complete the survey by COB Friday 17 July.
We will share a copy of the report and any supporting information once it is complete. Please feel free to share this survey link with other growers in Tasmania.
Thank you again for your participation, we look forward to sharing the results with industry.

Keep track of your product

The more valuable an item, the more it’s worth keeping track on where it is when not under your direct control. Dr Barry McGookin from FIAL and FoodMatrix has some great case studies that set out how best to understand supply chain traceability and use it to your’s and Tasmania’s advantage.

Hort Innovations – News for Horticulture Growers

Hort Innovation signs new agreement with the government

On 24 June, Hort Innovation signed a new Deed of Agreement with The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment. This document is the funding agreement that allows for levies and government contributions to be transferred from the government to Hort Innovation, and that governs how Hort Innovation subsequently invests those funds.
The new agreement is for 10 years, covering 2020 to 2030. It differs from the previous agreement in that it takes a 'principles-based approach' to operations, as opposed to a 'compliance approach' - which essentially means Hort Innovation will have more time to focus on working with and for the horticulture sector. There is less prescriptive detail in the document, and fewer double-ups regarding legislative matters.

Read the new deed of agreement HERE
Their July edition is available to read HERE

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