Importance of local rice taught to district students
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.