Meet Mark Dun­ning

NZ Grower - - News - Get in touch with Mark: mark.john.dun­ning@mon­santo.com (+64) 2165 1444

Mark Dun­ning has been ap­pointed as Busi­ness Man­ager to ser­vice pro­tected veg­etable grow­ers across the coun­try, based out of Auck­land.

Mark worked in high-tech glasshouses in Aus­tralia and the Nether­lands for around eight years be­fore join­ing Mon­santo Aus­tralia’s open-field veg­etable team 18 months ago. His ex­pe­ri­ence in glasshouse con­struc­tion and es­tab­lish­ment, as well as glasshouse grow­ing tech­niques, puts him on the front foot in the lo­cal mar­ket. “I know from ex­pe­ri­ence that ev­ery day brings new chal­lenges for glasshouse grow­ers. Whether it’s labour, pests or me­chan­ics – grow­ers are al­ways man­ag­ing their way through new sit­u­a­tions. “De Ruiter is able to of­fer grow­ers peace of mind with qual­ity, in­no­va­tive prod­ucts and ex­pert ad­vice.

“Glasshouse pro­duc­tion is a tech­ni­cal and ultra-ef­fi­cient style of grow­ing. The best re­sults are achieved while push­ing the crop to its limit and down­time can be very ex­pen­sive. Th­ese two fac­tors mean that grow­ers rely on be­ing pro­vided with the right prod­ucts and cor­rect in­for­ma­tion, at the right times. “Grow­ers trust De Ruiter to de­liver mar­ket lead­ing to­mato, cu­cum­ber, pep­per and root­stock va­ri­eties; and they also ex­pect the very best ser­vice and ad­vice from us – that’s what I am here to de­liver.” Mark said he’s look­ing for­ward to shar­ing his ex­per­tise with New Zealand grow­ers and learn­ing more about their prac­tices. “The New Zealand glasshouse mar­ket is a ma­ture and pro­fes­sional in­dus­try, with many early adopters, whether it be in va­ri­ety se­lec­tion and mar­ket­ing or pro­duc­tion prac­tices. That’s ex­cit­ing.

“It would be great to even­tu­ally see growth in the ex­port mar­ket, par­tic­u­larly to Asia, al­low­ing fur­ther ex­pan­sion of pro­duc­tion in New Zealand.”

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