Nuffield Australia 2013 scholarship winner
Paul Inderbitzin, from Lakeland in Queensland, received a 2013 Nuffield Scholarship supported by Horticulture Innovation Australia using the Banana Levy and matched funds from the Australian Government. Paul researched fruit quality and waste management in the banana industry.
Paul is employed in the family farming enterprise as manager of 220 hectares of irrigated cropping/seed production and 40 hectares of bananas at Lakeland in north Queensland. The family business also includes an 8,000 tree macadamia orchard and composting operation on the Atherton Tablelands and a small coffee roasting business Bella Coffee.
The family business has invested heavily in the banana industry in the past few years, an area of expansion Paul sees great potential in. However ongoing consumer demand for consistent production of high quality fruit is an area which Paul sees as a real challenge for his industry.
“As growers, it’s critical we focus on waste management – most importantly measuring it and then implementing strategies to minimise it,” he says. In addition, Paul studied disease and quarantine challenges for the banana industry.
“I wanted to investigate these issues further as I see them as central to ensuring Australian banana growers are sustainable, profitable and not putting ourselves at risk to imports,” he concluded.
Paul visited Ecuador, Columbia, Costa Rica and the Philippines.
Location: Lakeland, QLD, 4871
Telephone: 0400 965 367
Scholarship report: not currently available
Returning Scholar presentation: watch on video
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Paul is sponsored by: