SYNGENTA has demonstrated its continued support of the agriculture industry with the announcement of the seven winners of the 2016 Syngenta Growth Awards.
Michael Fels, David Cameron, Randall Wilksch, Tayah Ryan, Duc Nguyen, Tommy Le and Allan Fong were awarded this year’s top honours at a gala dinner held in Sydney on December 1.
This group of seven represent the very best of Australian and New Zealand growers and advisers. They were recognised for their outstanding contributions to the industry across three award categories: Productivity; Sustainability; and Community and People.
Paul Luxton, Territory Head, Australasia Syngenta, said all the winners were worthy recipients.
“The winners are passionate about their work and dedicated to improving our industry. They have made great achievements across the board, from developing farming apps to implementing successful extension work and championing other growers across their communities,” Mr Luxton said.
The Australasian winners were chosen from an initial group of 57 nominations and were selected based on a set of rigorous selection criteria for each category, including their overall contribution to improving the industry.
Because of fierce competition of these awards, the judges selected two growers to receive a special mention.
Naresh Singh, Head Grower of D’VineRipe in SA, and Trevor and Wendy Cross, of Cross Family Farms in QLD, received special recognition for work in productivity and sustainability, respectively.
“As in previous years, the calibre of nominations for the 2016 Growth Awards has been outstanding,” Mr Luxton said.
“It was a difficult decision for the judges, but our award winners have had unparalleled success and are very deserving.”
The Growth Awards support the goals of Syngenta’s Good Growth Plan, which tackles challenges of producing more with less, protecting viability of farmland and promoting prosperous rural communities. Syngenta’s plan has made six specific commitments designed to increase crop productivity, improve land fertility, enhance biodiversity, empower smallholders, train farm workers and strive for fair labour conditions across the entire supply chain.