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Andre Henry – 2018 Nuffield Scholar

Phone: 0427 640 844  Email: glencoefarms@outlook.com

Andre Henry from Kerang in Victoria, receives a Nuffield Scholarship supported by the Australian Processing Tomato Growers and the inaugural Nuffield Australia Alumni Scholarship, which in 2018 is entitled the “Max Jelbart Scholarship”.

He will investigate alternative uses for crop residues, focusing particularly on engineering and potential practical on farm implementations.

Andre runs Glencoe Farms Australia, a marketing and retail business selling fresh produce and manufactured products from his family’s operation which includes tomatoes, wheat, barley, canola, clover for hay and seed production. He currently attends 11 farmer’s markets per month, supplies 25 independent retailers, services online sales and is commencing distribution of product into NSW.

“Australian tomato growers are facing continually increasing wage and energy costs and the industry is already exploring alternative measures to try and maximise on-farm returns through yield, for example, injecting super saturated oxygen into irrigation water to reduce root zone hypoxia,” Andre said.

“I believe the issues confronting our industry need to be viewed in a different light, perhaps not just aiming to further enhance the yields of the primary product of the crop, but to develop a market and value for the by-products of what we already grow.

“It also represents an area of potential growth when growers and processors are somewhat constrained, in terms of increasing yield or production, by a fairly consistent domestic market size.

“I hope to take a broad look at what producers are doing around the world to utilise waste and determine if there is an option that may work successfully here.”

Andre plans to travel to Sweden, Germany, Norway, France, China, Italy and the USA.

Supporter Information: 

The Australian Processing Tomato Growers (APTG) is primarily involved with the production of tomatoes, supplying factories in Echuca and Shepparton. The APTG is an active supporter of the Australian Processing Tomato Research Council Inc. (APTRC) in both kind and levies.

Website: http://www.aptrc.asn.au/ 

 

 

 

 

Max Jelbart OAM was a 1991 Nuffield Scholar who made an outstanding contribution to Nuffield Australia and the Alumni over many years. Sadly, Max passed away in the first half of 2016.  This is the first year Nuffield Australia has awarded an Alumni Scholarship, and the funds have been received from Scholar donations and a sizable donation from the Jelbart family, in honour of Max.

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