Hon Ken Baston MLC

Hon Ken Baston MLC

Former Minister for Agriculture and Food; Fisheries

    Rural women’s award for seed businesswoman

    17/03/2016 10:00 PM
    • Kimberley seed business operator State finalist in the 2016 Rural Women's Award 

    Tropical agriculture champion and Kimberley community stalwart Kalyn Fletcher, named tonight as Western Australia's 2016 Rural Women's Award winner, will use her $10,000 winnings to learn from agriculturalists in Brazil.


    Agriculture and Food Minister Ken Baston presented the Kununurra seed business operator with the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation award at a gala ceremony in Perth tonight.


    Mr Baston said Ms Fletcher was a worthy recipient of the award, which she planned to use to further the development of tropical agriculture across northern Australia.


    "I agree with Kalyn that there is great potential to attract investment in tropical agriculture in the north, which will boost economic development, jobs and communities in the region," he said.


    "The State Government is supporting this vision via the Growing the north initiative, which is laying the groundwork for the far north to realise its agricultural development potential."


    Ms Fletcher will use her bursary to travel to the Cerrado region in Brazil, which has a successful tropical agriculture industry.


    "Kalyn plans to share the knowledge and insight gained from this experience with industry stakeholders to drive the expansion of this promising industry," the Minister said.


    Ms Fletcher is now the Western Australian finalist in the national RIRDC Rural Women's Award, to be held in Canberra on October 11.


    Fact File

    • Tropical agriculture includes all agricultural production in the tropics including beef, horticulture and grain
    • The RIRDC Rural Women's Award identifies and supports emerging rural and regional leaders who have a desire and commitment to make a contribution to their industries and communities
    • The WA award is supported by the State Government, via the Department of Agriculture and Food and Department of Regional Development, CBH Group and Westpac 

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