The Board of Food & Fibre Gippsland is pleased to announce the appointment of Joanne Butterworth-Gray to the role of Independent Chairperson. Ms Butterworth-Gray replaces Independent Chair, Peter Schultz from Food Innovation Australia Limited (FIAL) who had been acting in an advisory capacity throughout the amalgamation of the East Gippsland Food Cluster (EGFC) and Agribusiness Gippsland to form Food & Fibre Gippsland.
The deadline has been extended to Monday 22 July for expressions of interest to partipate in an export support program designed to help Gippsland's small to medium food & fibre businesses fast track their export plans.
The Board of Food & Fibre Gippsland is delighted to announce the appointment of Paul Griffin as its new Chief Executive Officer. He will join Gippsland’s peak industry body for the seven-billion-dollar food and fibre sector on July 15, 2019.
Forty Gippsland primary school students enjoyed an immersive learning experience last week (Thursday 31 May), thanks to the GippyAg program, managed by Food & Fibre Gippsland and CQ University.
A $15,000 scholarship to be part of an international agribusiness tour with KPMG that will provide unique insights into emerging technologies and a $10,000 TRAIL Leadership course with the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation are the two major prizes for the Food & Fibre Gippsland Agribusiness of the Year and the Commonwealth Bank Young Agribusiness of the Year in the 2019 Excellence in Agribusiness Awards.
For Gippsland to be rich in quality food & fibre produce, it is also rich in talented people, and three of the horticulture industry’s finest were recognised for their hard work and commitment to the sector at the AUSVEG VIC Awards held recently in Melbourne.
Victoria currently holds the rather unenviable title of the highest level of on-farm losses from vegetable production and is runner up to Queensland in losses calculated from fruits, nuts and wine grape production. Just over 250,000 tonnes of vegetables, and close to 50,000 tonnes of fruit, nuts and wine grapes are classified as food waste per annum, which can be driven by a number of factors, including weather, market conditions, food safety scares, buyer quality standards, labor shortages, surplus to requirements, and no longer ‘fresh’.