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Ben Haslett

Nuffield Australia 2015 Scholarship winner

Ben Haslett, from Murtho in South Australia, received a Nuffield Scholarship supported by Horticulture Australia Limited, using voluntary contributions from industry and matched funds from the Australian Government. He investigated how rural communities can secure the information, infrastructure and representation required to be competitive in a world market.

Ben manages his family business growing, packing and marketing citrus, almonds, wine grapes and stonefruit for both domestic and export markets on approximately 100 hectares of planted area. Additionally, they contract pack and market citrus for other growers and run a contract mechanical almond harvesting service.

Ben used his scholarship to investigate better mechanisms for the primary production sector to interact with decision-makers and key stakeholders.

“While regional communities can often become frustrated with ineffective policy, poorly-directed research or inadequate consultation, it is equally true that Government often feels frustrated when trying to engage with the rural sector.

“I wanted to look at how can we be best represented in a powerful yet cooperative manner for the good of our regions and Australia as a whole,” he explains.

He visited Spain, France, China, UK, USA and the Netherlands during his travels.

Location: Murtho, South Australia
Scholarship report: click to view
Returning Scholar presentation: watch video
Returning Scholar profile:
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