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Potatoes SA Chief Executive wins Rural Women's Award

Tuesday 23 February 2016
The Chief Executive of Potatoes South Australia, who is passionate about boosting the state’s reputation for producing premium produce, has won the SA Rural Women’s Award.

Minister for Agriculture Leon Bignell presented the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation Award to Robbie Davis from Meningie West at a ceremony in Adelaide last night.

“Ms Davis is a tireless worker for her industry and a great role model for the horticulture sector,” Mr Bignell said.

“With her $10,000 bursary, Ms Davis will look into increasing productivity by reducing food waste and loss in the supply chain for the potato industry and the wider horticulture sector.

“Ms Davis has a long association with primary industries, currently holding the position of CEO of Potatoes South Australia as well as running a beef cattle property in the Upper South East.

“She has previously lived and worked in South East Asia where she gained significant experience in global markets, before establishing her own agribusiness consultancy.”

Ms Davis is also involved in a number of industry committees and boards.

“The RIRDC Rural Women’s Award gives participants greater confidence, networks and leadership capacity to positively contribute to primary industries and rural Australia.

“The Award supports leaders who have the desire, commitment and potential to make a greater contribution to primary industries and rural communities,” he said.

Mr Bignell also congratulated the three other finalists.

“This year’s finalists, Karen Holder from Port Adelaide (blue swimmer crab industry), Linda Eldredge from Clare (agribusiness advocate) and Louisa Mondello from Ward Belt near Gawler (potato industry) all demonstrated strong leadership potential and a commitment to their industries and to rural South Australia,” Mr Bignell said.

Last year’s South Australian winner, Sarah Powell from the Eyre Peninsula, was also the 2015 national Rural Women’s Award recipient.

Ms Davis will represent South Australia at the national RIRDC Rural Women’s Award in Canberra later in the year.

The State Government, through PIRSA, supports the Award.

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