Hunt on for Bay’s 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 full-time in the fruit in­dus­try for at least three years are en­cour­aged to en­ter.

“The hor­ti­cul­ture in­dus­try needs young tal­ent to ensure that it can con­tinue to grow rapidly,” said An­drew Daw­son, Chair of the Bay of Plenty Young Fruit Grow­ers Up­skilling Com­mit­tee.

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

For ex­am­ple, av­o­ca­dos and ki­wifruit are boom­ing in­dus­tries. Net sales of both crops have in­creased sub­stan­tially over the last 10 years and are ex­pected to con­tinue to do so in the fu­ture. Tal­ented peo­ple with sci­en­tific, com­mer­cial and tech­ni­cal back­grounds will be re­quired if this growth is to be met, he said.

The 2019 Bay of Plenty Young Fruit Grower Gala Din­ner on Fe­bru­ary 13, 2019 will fol­low the com­pe­ti­tion day held on Fe­bru­ary 9 at the Te Puke A&P Show. The din­ner will in­volve a fi­nal speech com­pe­ti­tion and an­nounce­ment of the win­ners. The din­ner takes place at ASB Bay­park and tick­ets are now on sale for $90 per per­son, with ta­bles of 10 avail­able.

This in­cludes a three-course meal and en­ter­tain­ment. MC for the evening will be renowned co­me­dian and ac­tress Madeleine Sami.

The Gala Din­ner has proven to be both an en­ter­tain­ing evening and an in­sight into the tal­ent the in­dus­try has, said Nikki John­son, NZ Ki­wifruit Grow­ers In­cor­po­rated Chief Ex­ec­u­tive.

“It’s great to have competitions such as the BOP Young Fruit Grower Com­pe­ti­tion, not only to show­case the in­dus­try’s tal­ented fu­ture lead­ers, but also to sup­port the devel­op­ment and growth of skilled per­son­nel in the hor­ti­cul­ture in­dus­try.”

Ap­pli­ca­tions for the best young fruit grower com­pe­ti­tion close on De­cem­ber 21, 2018.

For ap­pli­ca­tion forms and Gala Din­ner tick­ets, visit www.bopy­oungfruit­grower.co.nz

2018 com­pe­ti­tion day for the young fruit­grower con­tes­tants at the Te Puke A&P show.

PHOTO / JAE FREW

Co­me­dian and ac­tress Madeleine Sami will MC the Gala Din­ner evening.

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