Our broad vision is to provide relevant academic and practical training in the area of horticultural production to fulfil the needs of the horticultural industry.
Our aim is to teach students in such a manner that they are ready to take positions in the industry with minimal on-job training as operational personnel.
I am proud to introduce the Franklin Institute of Agri-Technology (FIAT) which has been set up in the main vegetable growing area of south Auckland in New Zealand. It is located at a drivable distance from the central city, Airport and other major facilities making accessibility to all amenities very easy.
From the various studies conducted in the country and our personal exposure to the industry for about 20 years, we have observed that there is an acute shortage of skilled manpower in the horticultural industry which is projected to become very serious in the future. Availability of well trained staff has been identified as an important enabler for future expansion of the horticultural sector. Keeping in view this situation, FIAT has started a training program in horticulture production management leading to the ‘National Certificate in Horticulture Level 4 Advanced’. This qualification is recognized by NZQA (New Zealand Qualifications Authority) and is listed by Immigration New Zealand in the short skills category. The programme is being delivered on a production site with 7000 Sq. meters of greenhouses, ample farm and support buildings housed on a piece of 24 acres of prime agricultural land.
Our broad vision is to provide relevant academic and practical training in the area of modern horticultural practices. This will address fully the needs of field production on the one hand and address the sensitivities of quality, safety and traceability of the ‘Greens supply chain’ on the other hand. With the scientific knowledge and modern skills acquired through this programme, students will be able to take up positions in different aspects and levels of horticultural industry and service the supply chain effectively.
FIAT operates as part of the Rupex group which has been operating successfully for more than 15 years. We look forward to you joining our group and sharing with us your struggles and successes. As a member of our Institute, we will endeavor to provide you our complete support to help you achieve your goals of successful learning and preparation for a strong, prosperous and satisfying career in the horticulture industry. As a group we will be happy to provide you the necessary guidance for adapting to the life and settling down in New Zealand.
PhD. (Crop Sciences)
M.R.S.N.Z (Membre Royal Society of New Zealand)
CEO/Managing Director, FIAT / Rupex