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Career Pathways Students win scholarship to Asia Fruit Logistica

Thursday, 5 October 2017
PMA A-NZ Media Release

Congratulations to Samantha Ha of Sydney University and Timothy Eastwood of Adelaide University who attended Asia Fruit Logistica in Hong Kong as part of the PMA A-NZ Career Pathways Scholarship Program.

Both Sam and Tim won scholarships to attend Hort Connections 2017 in Adelaide. Out of the 10 students involved in this year’s Career Pathways Program, the secondary scholarship was rewarded to them based on their Assessments, commitment and motivation to succeed in the fresh produce and floral industries.

PMA A-NZ is delighted to have been able to offer Sam and Tim a trip to Hong Kong to attend Asia Fruit Logistica. We would like to that all our valued mentors for assisting the students on the journey into the industry. 

Here is what Sam and Tim had to say of their experience:


"Firstly, I just wanted to say thank PMA A-NZ for organising and taking me on a fantastic trip both to Hort Connections and AFL. I am greatly appreciative of the opportunity that you gave to me and won’t forget it. I had a fantastic trip to Hong Kong for AFL. The things I enjoyed the most were the congress presentations on the first day (Tuesday), I found them very informative and engaging and the networking once again is unbelievable and unmeasurable in terms of its potential benefits to us as students"


“I was beyond overjoyed when I got the news that I was selected to go to Asia Fruit Logistica in Hong Kong. I can proudly say that it is one of my most memorable experiences whilst undertaking my degree in The University of Sydney. Special thanks to Richard Bennett, Darren Keating and Joe Ekman for imparting their knowledge regarding the Hort industry and also their great company. Prior to me attending Hort Connections and Asia Fruit Logistica, I had no idea what I wanted to do with myself after I graduate. These opportunities have honestly assisted me greatly in paving the path to my future career decisions: to bring in new fruit and vegetable varieties, improving current varieties, ensure that consumers are educated in how the Hort industry operates (and why things are the way they are eg. why do we sometimes have an oversupply of small fruits/why are fruits and vegetables "ugly") and many more. Having the opportunity to interact with talented and wonderful people in the industry who are passionate in what they do and are always ready to help has been a great encouragement to me. I already have big plans for the future of the Hort industry, and I can't wait to start work after I complete my degree at the end of the year”.









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