Gippsland vegetable grower Emma Germano has been elected president of the VFF Horticulture Group.
Ms Germano previously served as the group’s vice-president for two years and will take up the new position on May 1.
‘‘I’m really looking forward to taking as many opportunities as I can to meet with members across the state,’’ she said.
‘‘We need to make sure we are listening to our members to represent their issues.
‘‘Employment responsibilities, competition policy and red and green regulation can all add significant costs to a business and I want to make sure governments understand that implementing new policies can have an impact on the viability of our billion-dollar horticultural sector.’’
Ms Germano will be joined by new vice-president and Romeo’s Best Table Grapes marketing and operations general manager Stephen Dever, and will work closely with newly appointed executive members Bill Bulmer and Gaye Tripodi and the VFF Horticulture Council.
‘‘There are a lot of challenges and issues facing the horticulture industry and our aim is to ensure growers have a voice that is heard by industry and at all levels of government,’’ Ms Germano said.