Hunt on for top young grower 2019
The quest 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 strongly encouraged to enter. Applications for contestants to participate in the competition close on December 21.
Andrew Dawson, Bay of Plenty Young Fruit Growers Upskilling Committee chairman 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.”
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.”
The 2019 Bay of Plenty Young Fruit Grower Gala Dinner on February 13 will follow the competition day held at the Te Puke A&P Show on February 9.
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 comedian and actress Madeleine Sami. Networking and drinks start at 5.30pm.
NZKGI CEO Nikki Johnson says the gala dinner has proven to be both a very entertaining evening and a superb insight into the talentthe industry has.
“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 support the development and growth of skilled personnel in the horticulture industry.”
■ For contestant application forms and gala dinner tickets, visit www.bopyoungfruitgrower.co.nz
Last year’s BOP Young Fruit Grower competitors.