Nuffield Australia 2014 Scholarship winner
Emma Germano, from Mirboo North in Victoria, received a 2014 Nuffield Scholarship, supported by Horticulture Australia Limited using funds from the National Vegetable R&D Levy and matched funds from the Australian Government.
Emma researched global export opportunities for vegetables and other primary produce.
Emma is Business Development and Operations Manager for ‘Germano Produce’, a family business supplying cauliflower and cabbage crops for the Australian eastern seaboard fresh market and Woolworths Australia.
The family farm is around 120 hectares, with about 50 per cent planted to vegetable crops. The business currently grows approximately 50 thousand cauliflower plants per week for six months of the year and also grows broad beans, cabbage, and Chinese cabbage periodically during the six‐month harvest period.
Emma researched how different countries approach the issue of export, including what government programs are available to growers, as well as the market opportunities for Australian produce.
“This included the study of tariffs and free trade agreements, and also how subsidies have an effect on global trade, and to complement this, I also investigated how Australia is able to compete in the global food market,” she explained.
She visited Europe, Israel, Brazil and China to complete her studies.
Location: Mirboo North, Victoria
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