Simplot Australia (Tasmania)
RDS Partners developed an innovative approach to assisting potato growers in Tasmania to better understand and share information and research about critical issues affecting their profitability.
We facilitated the formation of eight ‘Potato Business Grower Groups’ across Tasmania. Each group identified grower research and business needs and then identified ways to access appropriate support in a way that suited the growers and their specific regional needs.
Based on the grower-identified need, funding was sourced and secured, a series of workshops were organised and facilitated and an international tour was conducted that all worked to extend grower skill, knowledge and capacity.
We are pleased to note that a number of the grower groups have maintained their regular meetings and communication on an independent basis – and we were able to support Simplot in building its capacity to work collaboratively with growers and continue improvements in output and profitability.