THE Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF) has appointed its first dual-female president and vice president in its history.
Victorian Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes has congratulated Emma Germano and Danyel Cucinotta on their appointment to the leadership positions and thanked outgoing president David Jochinke for his four-year service advocating for Victorian farmers.
“I thank Mr Jochinke for his leadership and hard work representing the needs of our farmers, especially over this challenging year. He has been a dedicated champion for our agriculture sector – I wish him well for what comes next,” Minister Symes said.
Having served as the VFF’s vice president Ms Germano brings a wealth of experience to the role as a Nuffield Scholar, a passionate advocate for Victoria’s horticultural industry and as managing director of her family’s mixed farming operation at Mirboo North in Gippsland.
Ms Cucinotta will also bring valuable knowledge to her role as vice president as a third-generation egg farmer from Werribee and VFF committee member.
“Ms Germano is an excellent advocate for Victorian agriculture – she brings lived experience and a forward-thinking attitude to this role. I can’t wait to start work with her and Ms Cucinotta to tackle the challenges and opportunities facing our farmers,” Minister Symes said.
Source: Victorian Government