A capsicum grower on the Northern Adelaide Plains has won this year's AUSVEG SA Women in Horticulture Award.
Zurriyet Braham was presented the Women in Horticulture Award by Minister for Agriculture, Food and Fisheries Leon Bignell at the 2017 AUSVEG SA Awards for Excellence last night.
The Women in Horticulture Award recognises an exceptional female grower or supply chain member who has demonstrated outstanding ability and success in her chosen field.
Ms Braham runs Braham Produce with her husband Andrew, producing more than 200,000 kg of high tech soil grown capsicums per year.
Braham Produce has been a key player working with the South Australian Research and Development Institute, Hortex and A-Gas Rural in trialling the application of soil fumigation relative to levels of Southern Root Knot Nematodes, and trialling UV instrument technology to reduce ethylene gas production and increase shelf life of fruit.
Ms Braham is very proactive in applying new R&D in the business and committed to extending knowledge in the local community.
Primary Industries and Regions SA sponsored the award, which aligns with the State Government's economic priority Premium Food and Wine Produced in our Clean Environment and Exported to the World.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Agriculture Food and Fisheries Leon Bignell
It's fantastic to see the calibre of the women involved in our agribusiness industries. I congratulate Ms Braham on her award, as well as all the other award winners.
Ms Braham is actively involved in the horticulture industry - she is the Deputy Chair of Hortex Alliance, and has undertaken numerous overseas trips to further her business opportunities and export produce to international markets.
She has demonstrated a willingness to share knowledge with other growers and be a leader in the Northern Adelaide Plains region.
Ms Braham has been instrumental in demonstrating and applying R&D including a National Landcare funded project investigating water and fertiliser management, acting as one of the first adopters of integrated pest management in capsicum production, utilising advanced polyhouses, and implementing computerised irrigation, fertigation and climate control.
This is fantastic for women in the agribusiness industry and links well with PIRSA's Women Influencing Agribusiness and Regions Strategy, which recognises the important role women play in South Australian agribusiness.
The State Government is committed to investing in the industry. This week we announced our plans to invest $110 million in the Northern Adelaide Irrigation Scheme, which would deliver large volumes of affordable recycled water to the Northern Adelaide Plains region to support increased horticulture production and exports.
With support from the Federal Government's National Water Infrastructure Development Fund, an additional 12 gigalitres of recycled water a year would create 3,700 jobs, attract $1.1 billion in private investment, and add $578 million a year to the state's economy.
The annual AUSVEG SA Awards for Excellence celebrate the significant contributions of South Australia's vegetable and broader horticulture industry, and were attended by about 200 growers and industry members in Adelaide.
In 2015-16 South Australian horticulture generated $3.2 billion in gross food revenue. More than half of this production is vegetable crops including potatoes, onions, carrots, brassicas, cucumber, capsicum and tomato.
One in five working South Australians is employed in the agribusiness sector.