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AUSTRALIA - The aquaculture industry in South Australia needs to concentrate not only on growing the product but also growing the business.

That’s a key finding of a FarmBis Targeted Industry Initiatives project that looked at the training needs of South Australia’s aquaculture industry and how to improve the skills of industry members.

Ms Fell, FarmBis State Planning Group Chair says the project, which was carried out by the Primary Industries Skills Council, highlights the importance of training that is more focused on developing business skills to leverage improving production.

"Overall, results indicated that majority of respondents, 93 percent, placed a higher value on learning a set of skills that they ‘needed’, rather than a full certificate or diploma qualification," Ms Fell said.

Respondents also indicated that they preferred to recruit or train new employees via on the job enterprise training and traineeship type schemes.

"This demonstrates the need of industry to offer more hands on training and accredited workshops that may lead to a full qualification," Ms Fell said.

More than 160 producers were surveyed as part of the project.

Primary Industries Skills Council Executive Officer, Mark Cody said the rapid development of the South Australian aquaculture industry since the early 1990’s has resulted in a host of challenges that can be addressed with the assistance of training.

"Training should not be seen as a dirty word, but an essential part of business," he said.

Source: Get Farming