Ausveg is the primary body and representative for the Australia vegetable growing industry.
It has just launched a new website that will help it’s growers, and others, monitor and reduce the impact their industry has on the environment.
The new website is called Enviroveg and has a great self assessment to help growers work out what their current impact is on their environment and from that an Action Plan can be developed using the Manual from the site. They will also be able to compare their performance to averages of other growers in their specific product type and farm size as well as to state and national figures.
The data from the self assessment will also be collected anonymously by the website to start painting an overall picture, for Ausveg, of what is happening in terms of environmental controls in the industry.
The Enviroveg program was originally launched in 2000 and currently has 300 members with 50,000 ha of farming land.
The new website will make the program more accessible to not only Ausveg members but to other growers as well.
“The EnviroVeg website gives Ausveg the ability to analyse the environmental performance of growers in areas such as energy management, water use and soil nutrition. Our new website will collect data from the self assessments and present detailed results showing how participating growers are performing at the national and State levels, or even by crop type and farm size.”
said Jordan Brooke-Barnett, Environment Coordinator for Ausveg.
The new self assessment can be found at http://ausveg.com.au/enviroveg/self_assessment.htm