Home' Grower : May 2012 Contents The South Australian Grower -- May 2012
Jack of all trades makes
clients his first priority
recently added a new key sales
person to its team. As regional
sales representative for South Australia
and Western Australia, Nam L y will be
part of the company's overall strategy
to improve the customer experience.
Powerplants' mission is to provide
better ser vice to the grower by under-
standing what they want and need.
Nam L y's position will enable him to
employ his fluency in Vietnamese to
look after growers in those areas of the
countr y where the population of
Vietnamese greenhouse growers has
increased during the past few years.
He will provide a local presence and
continue ser vicing Powerplants' exist-
ing vegetable, cut flower and nursery
growers in SA and WA.
Nam moved with his family from
Vietnam to Adelaide in 1984. As a
teenager, he apprenticed as a cook and
then studied to become a chef at
Regency tafeSA School of Hospitality.
He graduated in 1994 as a fully quali-
After many years working as a senior
chef, Nam headed to Sydney to work
at the Homebush Complex at the
Olympic Games in 2000.
After 16 years in the hospitality field,
he was looking for a new challenge and
a change in career. He took a job as a
truck driver with EE Muir & Sons
doing delivery and store work.
As hard a decision as it was to switch
careers, he decided to take the leap.
Over time, he saw the opportunity
that he could have input in the com-
mercial growing field.
He worked his way up in the compa-
ny to a sales representative position,
which enabled him to work closely
with growers, focusing mostly on the
joint cucumber project with Syngenta
Seeds, running on-screening and
of new cucumber varieties with
Vietnamese and Cambodian green-
house growers in the Virginia region.
Nam made contacts with and ser v-
iced a vineyard, brassica, numerous
greenhouse crops (tomato, cucumber
and capsicum) and a number of veg-
etable and herb lines.
As their ser vicing representative, he
offered growers SAP and Soil analysis
tests to help determine what was need-
ed to improve their crop performance
and yields for a better crop return. He
ser viced them with packaging, posts,
coco slabs, drippers, weed mats, hydro
requirements, chemicals and main
product in their fertilisers.
During this time he completed vari-
ous training courses in agricultural
chemicals, safety, handling and he
completed an Agsafe certificate.
Nam also attended courses in hydro-
ponics r un by Keith Webb and
Domenic Cavallaro, which provided
training in cropping and steering tech-
niques: pH, EC and fertiliser use, pest
controls and other diseases in crops
Sales representative for SA
Fluent Vietnamese speaker
Recognition of greenhouse
Nam Ly's position will enable him
to employ his fluency in
Vietnamese to look after growers
in those areas of the country
where the population of
Vietnamese greenhouse growers
has increased during the past few
HFFI conference 2012
registrations are open
REGISTRATIONS are open for
the Hydroponic Farmers
Federation 2012 Conference at
the Mecure Ballarat from the
July 18-20 .
New initiatives have been
introduced to make the three-
day event a benchmark.
All conferencing and related
functions will be held onsite to
ensure delegates and trade
get the most from their
The committee has also
decided to open a call for
This will be the first year that
the general public will be able
to submit an abstract for
review and possible inclusion
in the conference proceedings.
The Mecure Ballarat is set
just out of town on 4 hectares
with beautiful surrounds just a
short walk to Soverign Hill.
If you have any problems
with the process, call 03 5983
ESTABLISHED in 1994,
Powerplants Australia is a
privately owned company that
has grown from strength to
strength during the past 18 years
to become Australia's premier
greenhouse technology supplier.
With 27 employees,
Powerplants continues to provide
the technical needs of growers in
all corners of the country.
One project completed recently
was the Chisholm Institute of Tafe
in Cranbourne, Victoria, where it
built custom-size greenhouses
with full climate control, irrigation
and fertigation systems, fog and
growing systems for the purpose
of education and training.
Another major project in 2011
was the BioScience Research
Centre at Bundoora, Victoria,
where Powerplants provided
automated Irrigation, fertigation,
rolling benches, fog systems,
thermal screens, roll-up wall
systems, growth lights and fully
integrated process control
systems at various locations at
With the size and complexity of
the BRC project came new
challenges for the Powerplants
team, including setting up two
fully functional glasshouses on
the roof of the main building.
Details: 03 8795 7750 or
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