Horticulturist appointed for rural sector
THE Queensland Government has appointed a Bundaberg-based horticulturist as part of its goal to ensure the state's rural industries continue to grow.
Horticulturist Helen Hofman and technical officer Jarrad Griffin, along with another technical officer in Mareeba, will work as part of the Small Tree High Productivity initiative.
They will be responsible for the day to day running and maintenance of field and glasshouse experiments, co-ordinating, irrigation scheduling, pest and disease management and trellis maintenance.
Minister for Agriculture John McVeigh said the government was committed to providing the agriculture sector with the resources it needed to thrive.
"Agriculture is a key pillar of Queensland's economy and these new frontline staff will include industry development officers, agronomists, horticulturists and agriculture graduates," he said.
"When we came to government we set about re-establishing a dedicated department for agriculture and revitalising our frontline agriculture positions.
"This began in 2012 when we appointed the first of 15 new positions, mainly in the biosecurity area with new wild dog and crop protection officers."
Mr McVeigh said the government would continue to revitalise frontline services by recruiting talented and passionate people.