Young fruit grower comp is on again

GIVE IT A GO: Last year’s winner of the inaugural Gisborne-Tairawhiti Young Fruit Grower of the Year competition, Matt Gomm (pictured at right) has urged young people involved in the horticulture industry here to give the competition a go next month. Picture supplied

The Gisborne–Tairawhiti Young Fruit Grower competition will be staged again next month and the call has gone out for young people involved in the horticulture industry to enter it.

The inaugural event in 2018 was won by Matt Gomm, who works for The Burnside Trust. He said it was a thrill to win it last year.

“It definitely boosted my confidence.

“I got a lot out of it, especially when it comes to communications training, and I recommend other young people in the industry give it a go.”

He attended the Citrus Australia technical forum in Adelaide as a consequence of his success in the inaugural competition.

A competition spokesman said Gisborne-Tairawhiti grows the best fruit in the country.

“So it goes without saying that we also have a number of very talented young fruit growers in the region.

“We hope they will consider taking part in the competition this year.”

It will be held on July 11 at Kaiaponi Farms, with the winner announced at a gala dinner that night.

“The winner will go forward to the New Zealand Young Fruit Grower of the Year final to be held in Tauranga on October 1 and 2.”

The winner receives $1500, the first runnerup $1000 and the second $500, with several $150 prize packages for the winners of the various activities in the competition.

They also get to attend the NZ Pip Fruit Conference in Queenstown, all expenses paid.

Entries can be lodged with Scott Wilson from Kaiaponi Farms at email address scottw@kaiaponi.co.nz or to Krista Manuel at kristamanuel22@outlook.com

Deadline for entries is Friday, June 28.

The Gisborne–Tairawhiti Young Fruit Grower competition will be staged again next month and the call has gone out for young people involved in the horticulture industry to enter it.

The inaugural event in 2018 was won by Matt Gomm, who works for The Burnside Trust. He said it was a thrill to win it last year.

“It definitely boosted my confidence.

“I got a lot out of it, especially when it comes to communications training, and I recommend other young people in the industry give it a go.”

He attended the Citrus Australia technical forum in Adelaide as a consequence of his success in the inaugural competition.

A competition spokesman said Gisborne-Tairawhiti grows the best fruit in the country.

“So it goes without saying that we also have a number of very talented young fruit growers in the region.

“We hope they will consider taking part in the competition this year.”

It will be held on July 11 at Kaiaponi Farms, with the winner announced at a gala dinner that night.

“The winner will go forward to the New Zealand Young Fruit Grower of the Year final to be held in Tauranga on October 1 and 2.”

The winner receives $1500, the first runnerup $1000 and the second $500, with several $150 prize packages for the winners of the various activities in the competition.

They also get to attend the NZ Pip Fruit Conference in Queenstown, all expenses paid.

Entries can be lodged with Scott Wilson from Kaiaponi Farms at email address scottw@kaiaponi.co.nz or to Krista Manuel at kristamanuel22@outlook.com

Deadline for entries is Friday, June 28.

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