Gold Coast, Queensland – Leading Northern Territory grower Michael Quoch has been recognised for his impeccable biosecurity record with the DuPont Community Stewardship Award at this evening’s 2015 National Awards for Excellence Gala Dinner, held at Jupiters Gold Coast.

The Community Stewardship Award is proudly sponsored by DuPont, a global leader in crop protectant research and development that encourages the responsible and efficient use of agricultural products, and recognises an individual or business that has implemented a system or program of safe storage, and use of on-farm materials above and beyond industry standards.

AUSVEG CEO Richard Mulcahy praised Mr Quoch, who has been vigilant in employing strict biosecurity protocols in his growing operation, including having workers wash their hands and shears, and ensuring any visitors to the property comply with strict protocols.

“The importance of ensuring proper biosecurity protocols are incorporated into growing operations is more important than ever, especially in the Northern Territory where Cucumber Green Mottle Mosaic Virus (CGMMV) continues to pose a serious threat,” said Mr Mulcahy.

“Michael’s results on his property are a clear example of the benefits that employing strict and considered biosecurity procedures on-farm can have, with his regular communications with the AUSVEG Biosecurity Program and his good practices helping to secure his property against CGMMV.”

To receive this award, the individual or business must also engage in local or national community events and initiatives, with the objective of developing the wider industry, and is also required to demonstrate the responsible planning and management of resources, leading to beneficial environmental impacts.

Mr Mulcahy said the award also recognised Mr Quoch’s significant involvement in the community, and broader industry, as evidenced by his involvement in the AUSVEG Biosecurity Program, which has been instrumental in responding to the threat of CGMMV.

Mr Mulcahy congratulated Mr Quoch and noted the high calibre of nominations across all Awards for Excellence categories this year.

AUSVEG is the leading horticultural body representing Australia’s 9,000 vegetable and potato growers.

The 2015 National Awards for Excellence Gala Dinner was held at Jupiters Gold Coast on Saturday 27 June, and honoured growers and other members of the Australian vegetable, potato, apple and pear industries for outstanding achievements in their respective fields.

The event was the capstone event for the 2015 National Horticulture Convention, incorporating AUSVEG and Apple and Pear Australia Limited, which attracted around 1,400 delegates.

For official photos of the awards ceremony, please contact the AUSVEG representative below.


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