Hunt on for Bay’s best fruit growers
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.
Comedian and actress Madeleine Sami will MC the Gala Dinner evening.