ABGC has raised some Members’ concerns on the new Harmonised Australian Retailer Produce Scheme (HARPS) with Hort Innovation and the project’s leader, Tristan Kitchener.
Concerns have also been raised in the media and by other industry bodies about the scheme which involves growers supplying the major retailers directly and indirectly.
As a consequence, the HARPS project team will be developing improved communications on the Scheme.
This will be followed by workshops convened by the HARPS team, in north Queensland in February or March. These workshops will be an opportunity for growers to raise or make sense of all, including low-risk and odd, requirements.
In the meantime, growers could ring the HARPS hotline number: 1300 852 219 or check www.harpsonline.com.au.