Sprout Tasmania, is to receive a significant financial contribution from TQA Australia. Late last year TQA announced that it would cease operations after 18 years’ service to agriculture. Under its Constitution TQA is required to pass on any surplus funds to a “like-minded” organisation when the entity is de-registered.
Sprout and TQA share objectives of educating the existing agricultural community, enabling producers to grow and sell high quality produce to consumers and ensuring producers give attention to caring for the environment.
After discussions between TQA Chairman, Nick Burrows, and Sprout President, Tony Scherer, it has been decided that the final funds from TQA will be used to accelerate the expansion of a range of successful core activities and program initiatives managed by Sprout.
These will include ‘TQA Producer Scholarships’ and the development of educational units on quality assurance and Farmers’ Markets.
‘Through the scholarships TQA will in effect “live on”, supporting innovation in Tasmanian agriculture’ according to Nick Burrows. ‘We are delighted to have reached agreement with a likeminded organisation and we are confident that Sprout will apply the funds to the betterment of agriculture across the state.’
Sprout President, Tony Scherer welcomes the financial injection. ‘These funds will help us to mentor and educate more Tasmanians through the Sprout Producers Program’. Mr Scherer
said ‘We are focused on creating positive change and prosperity for food producers by sharing knowledge and helping them to ethically grow quality food’.
TQA Australia will formally cease operations this month and the funds will be transferred to Sprout Tasmania soon after.