A farming diploma is giving graduates a head start on their careers and the opportunity to vastly increase incomes and production in the nation's rural sector.
Upskilling dairy farmers through the National Diploma in Agribusiness Management will provide the opportunity to add $1 billion to farmers' bottom lines, believes DairyNZ's Strategy and Investment Leader for People and Business, Mark Paine.
"There is currently huge variation in profitability between New Zealand's best and worst performing dairy farms. Recent DairyNZ research has pinpointed that most of the variation in profitability is caused by differences in the management capability of the people running the farms.
"Our economists have crunched the numbers and we believe there is an opportunity to improve industry profitability by over $1 billion per year if we can encourage a significant increase in dairy farmers completing business training like the National Diploma in Agribusiness Management.
"That's a billion more dollars in the pockets of dairy farmers, and much of that will be spent in our rural communities across New Zealand.
"That's good news for our industry and good news for the New Zealand economy as a whole," Paine explains.
DairyNZ, AgITO and Dairy Training Limited have joined forces to help the dairy farming industry build the human capability skills it needs to create a productive, sustainable future.
The organisations have the shared goal of wanting to see dairy farmers increase their business skills by engaging in formal farm business training.
"Through the diploma course trainees will gain the management skills and knowledge they need to run a more productive and profitable agriculture business. It also arms you with the knowledge you need to reach your business and career goals faster," says Fred Hardy, general manager strategic business development with AgITO.
The diploma is divided into a series of professional development training modules targeting key areas of farm business management. Farmers use their own business as a case study and the training is facilitated by highly experienced agribusiness practitioners.
Courses are taught locally and are run to fit in with the farmers' work days.
Farmers can enrol now for the diploma programme and classes will start at intervals over the coming months throughout the country.
For farmers interested in training, a local AgITO adviser is available to visit on-farm to discuss the diploma and next training steps.
Call 0800 691 11 or see www.farmingsmarter.co.nz.