THE BOP YOUNG FRUIT GROWER
the 2017 bop young fruit grower competition and gala dinner details have been finalised!
The competition will be held in conjunction with the Te Puke A&P Show on Saturday February 11, 2017 at the Te Puke Showgrounds, Showgrounds Rd, Te Puke.
The gala dinner:
The Gala dinner will be held on Wednesday February 15th, 2017 in the Stadium Lounge at ASB Arena in Mount Maunganui. Tickets will be made available to purchase on this website from mid- November. Watch this space!
enter the competition:
The BOP Young Fruit Grower Competition is a fun-filled and challenging full day event in which contestants undertake a range of horticultural related theoretical and practical activities. The final component of the competition is a speech competition which will be carried out at the Gala Dinner on Wednesday February 15th, followed by the announcement of the overall winners.
sponsor the competition:
For industry partners who are committed to supporting the future of the horticultural industry and our talented future leaders, there are many opportunity to partner with this prestigious horticultural event and showcase your brand.
Q and A's with Chris clement
Tell us about your personal experience participating in the competition.
2016 was the fourth year that I entered the competition. I was exposed to the competition when I first entered the industry in 2008, and had always thought that it was something that I wanted to try. The competition has allowed me to learn a lot about myself, and continue to develop myself as a horticulturalist.
Why is this event important to the industry?
Because it's all about young people, and developing young people - who are essential to the future of our industry.
What do contestants get out of this event?
The competition gives young people an opportunity to benchmark themselves against other people in the industry. It also allows the contestants to identify areas where their knowledge may be lacking, giving them an idea of skills which they might like to further develop, and allowing them to try things that they might not otherwise get to attempt in their day-to-day job.
What would you say to anyone that is considering entering this competition?
Definitely give it a go. In fact, give it a couple of go's! You will learn a lot about yourself the first time that you try, and this will help you significantly if you try again.
Meet the 2016 contestants
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2016 competition activities !
DAY practical events
- Avocado tree assessment challenge - NZ Avocado
- Land Based Vehicle challenge - Pacific Coast
- Kubota Zero Turn - R&R Tractors
- Tractors and Implements - Horticentre
- Farmlands- Agrichemicals
- Knowledge of fertilisers and environmental awareness - Ballance Agri-Nutrients
- Sustainable soil - BOP/Waiariki Polytechnic
- Sugar Testing - Mills Reef Winery
- Orchard Accounts - KPMG
- Biosecurity- Kiwifruit Vine Health
- Growing Future Leaders- Apata Grow
evening Gala dinner
- Welcome by MC, Te Radar
- Contestant speech competition
- Fruition Horticulture Quiz
- Key note speaker
- Addresses by GOLD sponsors Zespri, EastPack and GPS-IT
- Award presentations and announcement of 2016 Bay of Plenty Young Fruit Grower Winner