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Setting international standards

Murray Irrigation’s world-class remote control technology is attracting international attention, with the Deniliquin-based company this week hosting a group of senior Papua New Guinean government officials.

“The visiting politicians were in the region to learn about commercial rice farming and a visit to Australia’s largest irrigation company was high on the agenda.

Murray Irrigation Executive General Manager – Major Engineering Projects, Warren Jose, said the group was impressed by the scale of the company’s operations.

“We spoke about the company, its customers and our irrigation network in general,” Mr Jose said.

“The visitors were particularly interested in our remote control technology and our modernisation journey.

“The tour started at the Hume Dam, before making its way to our footprint.

“I think their interest speaks volumes about the reputation of our region and the quality of our irrigation network.”

The tour was organised by Papua New Guinea’s leading rice distributor, Trukai Industries Ltd, which is part-owned by SunRice Australia.

The delegation comprised Vice Minister for Agriculture and Livestock, Henry Ame, Western Governor Taboi Awi Yoto and other senior officials from the respective departments of Agriculture and Livestock and Commerce and Industry.

The group later travelled to Canberra to meet with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).”

Photo: “PNG visitors” (from left) Larsak Joseph, Stephen Sallun, Cheryl Wong (DFAT Canberra), Simon Dawkins (DFAT PNG), Korowa Pokeya, Bernard Maladina, Henry Ame MP, Tom Morris, Mark Robertson (Trukai/SunRice), Warren Jose (Murray Irrigation), Taboi Awi Yoto MP, Scott Barlow (Murray Irrigation), John Bradford (SunRice), Phil Rotherham (Murray Irrigation), Greg Worthington-Eyre (Trukai CEO).