Grow­ers will unite in city at congress

Central and North Burnett Times - - RURAL WEEKLY -

It’s not of­ten we get time to go off farm...

— Stephen Lowe

AN IN­SPI­RA­TIONAL cast of speak­ers will join the pro­gram for the Aus­tralian Ba­nana In­dus­try Congress in Syd­ney this June.

Reg­is­tra­tion is open and the bi­en­nial event is again shap­ing up to be a strong draw­card for grow­ers and in­dus­try sup­port­ers.

In­ter­na­tional speak­ers will join Aus­tralian me­dia per­son­al­i­ties fo­cussing on the themes of sus­tain­abil­ity, re­silience and in­no­va­tion.

For­mer foot­baller, au­thor, his­to­rian and me­dia per­son­al­ity Peter Fitz Sim­mons will lead the pro­gram, which opens on June 22 at the Sher­a­ton on the Park.

He will set the tone for an innovative and in­spir­ing event, which will once again draw ba­nana grow­ers from around the coun­try for an op­por­tu­nity to fuel ca­ma­raderie and per­sonal growth.

ABGC chair­man Stephen Lowe said ABIC was a great op­por­tu­nity for grow­ers to get to­gether and up­date them­selves on sci­en­tific re­search and mar­ket­ing.

“It’s not of­ten we get time to go off farm and just fo­cus on ‘fill­ing up the cup’, so to speak. While ABIC is cer­tainly an op­por­tu­nity for per­sonal growth, it’s also a chance for the in­dus­try to unite and re­group.

“It’s been a chal­leng­ing time for grow­ers, be­tween biose­cu­rity is­sues and mar­ket vari­a­tion. We don’t of­ten get a chance to wind down and just en­joy our­selves.”

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