Leadership training and regular communication identified as key strategies for the development of the Australian pineapple industry
Changes in the circumstances of the Australian pineapple industry left growers with a leadership vacuum, limited technical support and no funds for conducting research and marketing. Inspirational leadership training together with regular district farm meetings were used to assist the Australian pineapple industry to successfully adapt to these challenges. All growers were assigned to one of a number of regional grower study groups and regular on-farm meetings commenced to facilitate communication between growers, transfer of technology, awareness of industry affairs and an opportunity to become involved in industry business. A leader was appointed within each study group and these leaders attended a leadership course consisting of three, three-day modules. These original course graduates formed the nucleus of a new grower representative group which subsequently instigated levies to fund research and marketing. Two more courses have since been conducted to provide the depth of leadership to satisfy the growersRSQUO desire to rotate industry leadership on a regular basis.
Newett, S.D.E. (2016). Leadership training and regular communication identified as key strategies for the development of the Australian pineapple industry. Acta Hortic. 1111, 177-180
self-empowerment, Queensland, extension, outreach, technology transfer, pineapple