Hunt on for top young grower 2019

Te Puke Times - - News -

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.bopy­oungfruit­

Last year’s BOP Young Fruit Grower com­peti­tors.

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