Search on for best fruit grow­ers

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The hunt has be­gun to find the best young fruit grow­ers in the Bay of Plenty.

Ap­pli­ca­tions are now be­ing ac­cepted to com­pete in the 2019 BOP Young Fruit Grower com­pe­ti­tion.

Un­der 30s who have been em­ployed full­time in the fruit in­dus­try for at least three years are en­cour­aged to en­ter.

Chair­man of the Bay of Plenty Young Fruit Grow­ers up­skilling com­mit­tee, An­drew Daw­son, says the hor­ti­cul­ture in­dus­try needs young tal­ent to en­sure that it can con­tinue to grow rapidly.

“The Young Fruit Grower com­pe­ti­tions not only pro­mote the tal­ent that al­ready ex­ists in hor­ti­cul­ture, but also re­tains, de­vel­ops and builds that tal­ent.”

The com­pe­ti­tion day will be held on Fe­bru­ary 9 at the Te Puke A&P Show fol­lowed by a gala din­ner on Fe­bru­ary 13.

Ap­pli­ca­tions close on De­cem­ber 21. www.bopy­oungfruit­

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