Happy Birthday to Katherine local, Mr Kenneth Rayner OAM who turned 90 this month!
Mr Rayner has made an immense contribution to agriculture, not only in the NT but across the globe.
His pioneering work on mangoes serves as an inspiration to all of us and highlight the many opportunities in agriculture in the Territory.
Mr Rayner has dedicated over thirty years of his life to researching and breeding mangoes in the Katherine region.
The varieties that he has produced, such as Lady Jane and Lady Grace are grown in over 12 countries.
His research has significantly helped to grow the value and size of the mango industry worldwide.
Mr Rayner's work has been instrumental in breeding varieties that thrive in locations and soil types not normally suited to growing mangoes.
Thanks to his work, consumers now can enjoy fresh and juicy mangoes of flavour.
In honor of his work, NT Farmers and Entegra have launched a scholarship named after Mr Rayner.
$11,000 and significant training opportunities will be provided to one hard working, final year university student studying towards their agriculture or horticulture degree.
We hope that the scholarship recipient will forge a career in the agriculture industry equally inspiring as Mr Rayner. Applications have just closed, and a winner will be announced shortly.
The yearly Kenneth Rayner Scholarship for Agriculture will help to acknowledge the remarkable contribution Mr Rayner has made to the industry while supporting the next generation of young farmers.
The scholarship is an excellent example of the opportunities and benefits that agriculture can generate for individuals and communities.
Agriculture creates hundreds of jobs and supports secondary industries such as shed building.
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Entegra, one of Australia's largest shed builders have sponsored this years' inaugural scholarship. Entegra is currently constructing the first Territory cotton gin build, north of Katherine.
The gin and wider cotton industry will create hundreds of jobs in the region and generate a positive impact on our pastoral, agricultural and horticultural industries.
Future generations of Katherine residents will benefit and prosper from the development of agriculture and cotton in the region.
Training, education and employment opportunities for people in the area will only increase with the growth in agriculture.
With industry collaboration and initiatives such as the 'Kenneth Rayner Scholarship for Agriculture', the future for young people and agriculture in the Territory looks exciting!
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