Helping farmers learn more about computers

29 Dec, 2009 09:13 AM
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Owen Brownley, Mount Madden farmer, with his computer downloading temperature readings in the paddock.
Owen Brownley, Mount Madden farmer, with his computer downloading temperature readings in the paddock.

FOLLOWING on from the popular desk-based farm office workshops, Partners in Grain (PinG) WA is bringing computer workshops to towns throughout the Wheatbelt.

IT specialists and PinG are teaming up to bring these workshops to country areas after repeated requests from farming families who have been unable to access good computer help. Within two weeks, 21 WA towns had expressed interest in hosting one of these events.

"There is a growing need for farm office IT workshops in the bush'" said Ali Cooke, a farmer and PinG Reference Group member from Badgingarra.

"Big organisations and those in the bigger centres have access to IT help desks, but there are who knows how many farm offices that struggle along not really knowing what they are doing ... and having to deal with power surges and other issues. We have done three hard drives in two years," she said.

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