Time is running out for people working in the apple and pear industry to apply for a fully funded Nuffield scholarship – offering a global insight into agriculture.
This is the first time the industry has funded a participant in the Nuffield Australia program in many years, thanks to the leadership program implemented by Apple and Pear Australia Ltd (APAL).
The successful applicant will be required to complete a research project that adds value to the apple and pear industry in Australia. They will also be required to present their findings to their local growing community and during industry events such as the 2015 Conference.
Former scholar Carly Buttrose, from South Australia, said she found the travel included in the program eye opening. “I met some of the best farmers and researchers in the world and (had) an experience that money cannot buy.
“I gained valuable knowledge about global agriculture…and made wonderful friends all over the world,” she said.The scholarship program is run in two distinct phases:
- The Global Focus Program (GFP) takes participants on a whirlwind six-week tour of the powerhouses of world agriculture. Scholars travel on the GFP with their fellow Nuffield colleagues on a set itinerary.
- Scholars then travel for a further 10 weeks by themselves, to drill down into a research topic of interest to them and of value to their industry.
Previous topics covered include: export opportunities for vegetables, farm machinery manufacturing, harvest residue management, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, hydroponic berry production and supply chain management.
Participants will gain significant technical knowledge and be offered global networking opportunities with member countries including the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Zimbabwe, Canada, New Zealand and the Netherlands.