Connecting biosecurity knowledge across communities
Last month KVH attended the 2019 APEN (Australia-Pacific Extension Network) conference in Darwin. This visit to the Top End offered a chance to meet and learn from a diverse range of extension professionals from primary industries, education and research groups from across Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific.
Themed Extending horizons, the conference emphasis was on the value of connecting growers and communities with research, tools and technologies to allow them to prepare for and prosper through changes affecting primary industries now and into the future.
Keynote speakers acknowledged climate change, biosecurity, retention of licence to operate and sustainability as current and future challenges and pointed to the value of working collaboratively within industry and with governments to bring about new and better practices.
Creating networks that encompass diverse views and learning to move past resistance to change were considered important tasks for primary industries as together everyone works towards feeding local and global populations into the future.
The 196 delegates shared 19 hours of presentations, and amazing “only in the Northern territory” field trips to a crocodile farm, the buffalo dairy industry, Adelaide river wetlands, the Darwin aquaculture centre and Darwin’s medical research institute which is a global leader in tropical research.