The Bridging the Yield Gap (BYG) project aims to contribute to the productivity of the Grains sector by assisting grain growers to lift the profitability for their business.
BYG will assist grain growers do this by helping them to identify what drives the profitability of their business, develop robust plans (short and long term) that address the limitations on the profitability of their business, put these plans into action, follow through and measure progress.
The BYG project is now in the second of three phases and is currently developing a new way for DAFWA to engage with growers. It focuses on improving business profitability and has three key components.
Component One - bringing like-minded growers together to work cooperatively on improving their farm businesses. The groups (Local Innovation Partnerships) provide peer support and accountability as well as a business improvement framework.
Component Two - aims to improve the capacity of growers to focus on what drives the profitability of farm businesses. We are developing a profit focusing tool and a process to apply it so the more significant profitability improvements can be more easily identified.
Component three - uses modern information technologies to make it easier for people to access the information and expertise they need. We have developed a new website with advanced capabilities to delivering information and connect people in a manner that is useful to growers and consultants.
These three components together will develop a capacity to roll out business improvements to 500 growers in the implementation phase of the project, which will start in 2015.
The types of activities BYG will undertake to achieve increased profitability and productivity in the grains sector include:
- Conducting training courses, workshops, developing financial tools and improving information exchange in order to build the skills and ability of growers to make decisions in business management and financial analysis.
- Creating and facilitating small local groups of motivated growers that want to focus on farm management and profitability. These Local Innovation Partnerships will use Continuous Improvement and Innovation (a proven and disciplined approach) to develop, plan, implement and monitor improvements to their farm business.
- Facilitating better interaction between growers, their peers and specialists to ensure plans are accurate, are followed through and that new innovative solutions to local problems can be generated.