Malay Farmer Gives TAFE Course A Green Thumbs Up

Budding farmer and TAFE student Awin Binei Nohd Kadri.

 

TAFE NSW has developed a new course around food production to meet the growing demand of consumers to grow their own food and to consume slow food.

Coffs Harbour Education Campus’ Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation Land Management Head Teacher Jacqui Johnson said the new course, the Statement of Attainment in Growing Good Food Crops, has been established to meet the demand for sustainable food crop growing techniques throughout the region starting from home with keen gardeners.

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The fee-free course equips students to understand types of soil, controlling plant pests, how to control weeds, and operate pressurised irrigation systems.

The course comes at a time when more people are wanting to consume locally produced fruits and vegetables and to know where their food comes from.

4.7 million households are gardening and growing some sustenance for their kitchens with their own hands.

This number has increased over the past 12 months because of COVID-19.

One of those growing their own food and studying the new course is Coffs Harbour resident Awin Binei Nohd Kadri who grew up on a small fruit farm in Malaysia.

The budding farmer also works at Costa Berry as a fruit picker.

“I fill in at Costa Berry as an Assistant Supervisor sometimes and it’s my goal to be promoted to the position full time.

“This course is helping me build practical skills and industry-specific knowledge, so that I am a strong contender,” said Awin.

“My father grows Rambutan and Mangosteen in Malaysia.

“When I have the knowledge I can one day return to the country and teach him new skills to grow more fruits for our family,” she said.

“Learning with TAFE NSW means I’ll be equipped with skills to grow a range of foods and I can one day start my own farm.”

 

By Sandra MOON

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