Massina takes over as Ricegrowers’ president

By Olivia Duffey

Rob Massina is the new Ricegrowers' Association of Australia's president.

The central executive of RGA - which is the elected representative body of about 1000 ricegrowers - elected Mr Massina who replaces Jeremy Morton who retired from the position after being elected to the board of SunRice as a grower director.Mr Massina was formerly the senior vice president of the RGA, president of the Berriquin RGA branch and an agribusiness executive across Australia and New Zealand.

Home for Mr Massina is between Finley and Jerilderie, where he jointly operates irrigation properties with his wife Ainsley, focusing on rice, lamb, wool and grain production. "I want to see our rice industry continue to prosper well into the future. There are very few agricultural industries that can boast the complete supply chain and marketing strategies achieved by the Australian rice industry," Mr Massina said.

Executive director Graeme Kruger said the staff of RGA are looking forward to working with Mr Massina who will represent the interests of ricegrowers and continue the quest for a fair and reasonable Murray Darling Basin Plan and one that does not result in additional negative social, economic or environmental impacts for irrigators, communities and industries.