What is PIAS?
Primary Industry Advisory Services is a programme to strengthen the advisory sector. It aims to boost the number of advisers available that are appropriately trained to give farm system-level advice. This will ensure advisers can provide robust advice and support producers with decision-making to improve their environmental and economic performance.
The PIAS programme aims to:
- attract more people into advisory careers
- develop adviser skills and knowledge
- give farmers more confidence that advice is coming from the right experts.
Who are primary industry advisers?
Primary producers get advice from a variety of sources, including:
- independent advisers and consultants (such as agricultural or environmental consultants)
- financial and business services (such as accountants)
- business goods and service providers (such as feed suppliers or vets)
- industry and public good organisations
- processors and exporters.
What is the PIAS programme doing?
The PIAS programme aims to enhance the capability and capacity of the advisory sector.
Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research was commissioned to research how primary producers make use of the advisory sector.
System and workforce research
Scarlatti and Geosocial Technologies were commissioned to produce an overview of the advisory sector and identify how it can be improved:
Part 1b – Appendices to qualitative analysis [PDF, 1.5 MB]
Part 2 – A quantitative overview of the PIAS system [PDF, 1.9 MB]
Part 3 – Network analysis [PDF, 2.4 MB]
Part 4 – Research highlights and recommendations [PDF, 1.3 MB]
Advisory career attraction and development
PIAS has developed a new video raising awareness and showcasing careers in the primary industry advisory sector. The video has been launched by Agriculture and Investment Services, in collaboration with the Opportunity Grows Here campaign.
The video tells the story of farm adviser Ash Phillips. It provides insight into the diverse role of a farm adviser while showing how further study in the agricultural sector can lead to greater career opportunities.
National certification scheme for farm environment plan advisers
MPI is developing a national certification scheme to certify advisers that develop farm environment plans. The scheme will ensure advisers give high quality and consistent advice when they develop farm environment plans and give producers and regional councils greater confidence in the advisers they hire. The scheme is being developed in collaboration with industry good bodies and regional councils.
MPI provides regional seminars and events where advisers can get together and learn about important issues in the primary sector.