THE Murraylands and Riverland Landscape Board recently appointed Robin Tavonesa as Team Leader for Sustainable Agriculture.
Mr Tavonesa was born in Zimbabwe, developing his enthusiasm for agriculture through educational projects and work experience while studying at school.
There was a big drive for conservation, and sound environmental practices in the education system when he was growing up.
Mr Tavonesa moved to the United Kingdom to study land use and agriculture. He completed a Bachelor of Science with Honours degree in agriculture and land management and other tertiary courses related to agriculture.
To gain more experience, Mr Tavonesa worked in the UK farming industry for many years mainly in the north-east of England.
"It was a valuable and enjoyable experience to gain insight into their farming systems," he said.
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"During my time in the UK, I also worked for a seed potato business growing high-grade seed for the UK market and exported to countries including Israel, Poland, Spain, and France.
"A few years ago, I moved to the Riverland where I worked for a potato and onion specialist grower until recently."
Mr Tavonesa said he felt honoured to be given the opportunity to contribute towards diverse, sustainable agricultural projects with the team, as well as work alongside landholders across the region.
MRLB general manager Andrew Meddle said Mr Tavonesa came to the role as a highly-dedicated agriculture professional with more than 20 years experience working across a diverse range of agricultural roles
"His extensive expertise and skills will enrich our team," he said.
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