Han Shiong Siah
Nuffield Australia 2015 Scholarship winner
Han Shiong Siah, from Humpty Doo in the Northern Territory, receives a Nuffield Scholarship supported by ANZ and the NT Department of Primary Industry and Fisheries. He will study alternate and cost-effective methods to control flying feral vermin. Han is the farm manager and agronomist for Tropical Primary Products, a family-owned and operated business specialising in tropical fruit production.
The main crops on the 220-hectare property are mangoes, durians (largest durian plantation in Australia), jackfruits and pomelos, while other lesser-known tropical fruit also feature in their produce line. They also have an active mango-breeding project, with their first commercial variety (TPP1) being widely available in green grocers and major Australian supermarket chains.
In recent years, Magpie Geese have become a major pest for fruit and vegetable farmers in northern Australia, destroying horticultural crops such as mangoes, melons, Asian vegetables and other tropical fruits.
Current efforts to manage the geese have had mixed success, and Han says can also be expensive.
“I hope to find new ways to manage these geese to limit the damage and impact on crops – some of these could be as simple as applying a spray-deterrent or using drones,” he says.
He will travel to the USA, Canada, the Netherlands, South Africa, Brazil, China and Taiwan.
Location: Humpty Doo, Northern Territory
Blog: Top End Tropical Fruit Grower VS The World
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