18 Jul

NSW olive grower receives Churchill Fellowship

An olive grower and processor from the New South Wales north coast has received a Churchill Fellowship to travel to Sicily and southern Italy.

Alan Hodges will spend five weeks studying a water recycling process being pioneered in Sicilian factories as well as new green olive varieties.

Mr Hodges says he believes Australia is yet to perfect the art of growing and processing green olives to overseas standards.

“We are winning awards for black olives and a few awards won for green olives, but the experience that I’ve had with most of the olives around the country [is that] there’s nothing that goes anywhere close to the Sicilian olives,” he said.

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