Im­por­tance of lo­cal rice taught to district stu­dents

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The his­tory and im­por­tance of rice to the district com­mu­nity was show­cased to those who may be­come the next gen­er­a­tion of lo­cal rice­grow­ers this month.

A SunRice ed­u­ca­tion day was hosted at Mayrung Pub­lic School and saw rice ex­perts from SunRice and Rice Ex­ten­sion make a se­ries of pre­sen­ta­tions to the stu­dents about de­liv­er­ing rice to the world and rice grow­ing and the en­vi­ron­ment. The pre­sen­ta­tions in­cluded a trip to a nearby rice farm.

Mul­ti­ple uses of rice for food were also show­cased, with Maria Raftel­lis from Sushi Bite in De­niliquin teach­ing the chil­dren how to make, and eat, sushi.

Mayrung School re­liev­ing prin­ci­pal Ben Con­nor said the day was pitched to him by a school par­ent, Stephen Ball.

‘‘Stephen knew all the right peo­ple to con­tact and he got the ball rolling,’’ Mr Con­nor said.

‘‘SunRice di­rec­tor and grower John Brad­ford, SunRice em­ployee Sa­man- tha Glenn and Rice­grow­ers As­so­ci­a­tion of Aus­tralia Land­care co­or­di­na­tor Erika Hef­fer were among the pre­sen­ters on the day, as well as Troy Mauger from Rice Ex­ten­sion and Maria from Sushi Bite.

‘‘Pur­tills was kind enough to do­nate a coach for the day which al­lowed the stu­dents to travel to the nearby rice farm. Stu­dents from Blighty and Conargo Pub­lic School also at­tended the event.’’

SunRice di­rec­tor and lo­cal rice­grower John Brad­ford, stu­dents Hol­lie Armytage and Alana Jansen and SunRice em­ployee Saman­tha Glenn.

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