Vial to stand for SunRice Board

Southern Riverina news - - RERAL OUTLOOK - ~ So­phie Burge

Moulamein rice farmer Leigh Vial (pic­tured) will stand for the Rice­grow­ers Lim­ited Board, which trades as SunRice.

SunRice is call­ing for di­rec­tor nom­i­nees, with four po­si­tions up for elec­tion.

Di­rec­tors serve a fouryear term, be­gin­ning from the end of the 2015 an­nual gen­eral meet­ing on Au­gust 21.

Fol­low­ing an un­suc­cess­ful at­tempt to be elected to the Rice Mar­ket­ing Board, Mr Vial is con­fi­dent he is the man for the job for SunRice.

Since 1993, the sec­ond gen­er­a­tion rice grower has pro­duced rice, live­stock and win­ter crops on 2400 hectares with his wife Sue and their two em­ploy­ees.

His fa­ther grew his first rice crop in 1970 and since then, rice has been and still is the cen­tre of the fam­ily busi­ness

‘‘With my re­cent in­ter­na­tional ex­pe­ri­ence in rice, I have a unique set of skills and net­works that can as­sist SunRice in its fu­ture growth.

‘‘Right now is a chal­leng­ing yet ex­cit­ing time for the rice in­dus­try.’’

Mr Vial’s pas­sion for rice is still well and truly at the fore­front of his life.

‘‘I have a bach­e­lor and PhD in agri­cul­ture and a Mas­ters in Eco­nom­ics,’’ said Mr Vial, who has served 12 years on the Rice Re­search and De­vel­op­ment Com­mit­tee (1995-07) where he fo­cused on ex­ten­sion de­liv­ery, in par­tic­u­lar grower dis­cus­sion groups and the cre­ation of the rice­grow­ing guide Pro­duc­tion of Qual­ity Rice in South­East Aus­tralia.

He chaired the Rice­grow­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion’s En­vi­ron­ment Work­ing Group (2005-07), for­mu­lat­ing part of and de­liv­er­ing the En­vi­ron­ment Cham­pi­ons Pro­gram.

For the past four years he served the global rice in- dus­try as Head of the Experiment Sta­tion (ES), In­ter­na­tional Rice Re­search In­sti­tute (IRRI) in the Philip­pines.

With his ex­pe­ri­ence, Mr Vial said he val­ues Aus­tralia’s ‘‘unique’’ rice in­dus­try.

‘‘Al­most ev­ery other rice in­dus­try is based on grower ex­ploita­tion and we’re not. Our in­dus­try is worth re­turn­ing to and worth sup­port­ing and hope­fully, worth be­ing part of lead­ing.

‘‘There are growth de­vel­op­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties for rice.’’

Four of the six SunRice grower di­rec­tors have come to the end of their term — cur­rent chair and Barham and Moulamein grower Lau­rie Arthur, Ber­riquin grower Mark Robert­son, Ber­riquin and Coleam­bally grower Alan Walsh and Will­brig­gie grower Glen An­dreazza.

All four will be el­i­gi­ble to renom­i­nate for the board.

SunRice will also be re­quired to re­place one of its non-grower di­rec­tors at the AGM, fol­low­ing the an­nounce­ment Peter Mar­gin will re­tire this year.

The search for a re­place­ment ex­ter­nal di­rec­tor is ex­pected to be­gin soon.

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