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Early season New Zealand market dry matter maturity testing

The AIC early season New Zealand market maturity testing initiative is open for 2016 and will apply to all new season avocados collected and tested from now until 31 July 2016.  An independent review of avocado maturity sample size was undertaken in 2015 on behalf of the AIC Quality Standards Review Working Group. As a result of a recommendation from this review, a sample size of 20 fruit will be required in order to qualify for payment of collection and testing under the AIC New Zealand market maturity testing initiative in 2016.  AIC will pay the cost of Agfirst collection and testing for new season New Zealand market avocados that: Are collected and tested by Agfirst Have an average dry matter content across a 20 fruit sample of at least 23% Fruit that passes must be ethylene ripened using the AIC Ethylene Ripening Protocol, however if the 20 fruit sample averages 24% dry matter or greater, ethylene ripening is not compulsory.  To order an early season maturity test, you should contact you pack house or Agfirst.  It is important that consumers who are purchasing new season avocados early in the season have a positive experience with the ripening and taste of their fruit.This initiative has been developed to make it easier for all avocado growers to assess the maturity of their fruit prior to harvest and help ensure a positive consumer experience.

Call for Remits to the 2016 NZAGA and AIC AGM

The NZ Avocado Growers’ Association Inc. (NZAGA) 2016 AGM will be held at 3:30pm Thursday, 1 September at the Club Mount Maunganui, 45 Kawaka Street, Mount Maunganui and will be preceded by the NZ Avocado Grower Forum. To submit a remit to be presented at the AGM, please download the form below. Please note, we will call for items of general business in the AGM pack being posted to members the week of 27 July. For more information on remits, click here.

Kiwifruit harvest is under way - talk to your neighbours before you spray

NZ Avocado is encouraging growers to be mindful that the kiwifruit harvest season is underway. Growers should be talking to neighbours before spraying to identify if any neighbours have kiwifruit that are scheduled for harvest. Please ensure you are implementing smart spraying decisions and practices. Caution is advised with regards to the use of products such as Carbaryl and Calypso at this time especially if there is any potential for drift onto neighbouring kiwifruit. Consultants are advising if you have kiwifruit on the boundary to use pyrethrum and oil until harvest is completed. If you have any concerns or questions please contact your consultant.

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2016 Bay of Plenty Young Fruit Grower competition

09:00 AM, 22 June 2016

The 2016 Bay of Plenty Young Fruit Grower competition aims to promote and celebrate the talents of young people employed in the Bay of Plenty fruit-growing sectors. This year’s competition is on Wednesday 22 June 2016 at the stunning Mills Reef Winery in Tauranga followed by a gala dinner and awards ceremony in the evening. We have some of the best fruit in the country so it goes without saying that there are also a number of very talented young fruit growers in the region and this event is the perfect opportunity to showcase their horticultural skills. The winner of the 2016 Bay of Plenty Young Fruit Grower goes forward to the national final of the NZ Young Fruit Grower on 19-20 July 2016 in Pukekohe. The day event also coincides with ‘Cultivate Your Career’ – an event attended by hundreds of Year 11, 12 and 13 secondary school students. With the aim of promoting horticulture as a career, it exposes students to the endless opportunities available to them in the horticulture sector and to skills they need to transition from school into the wider world of employment, training and/ or further education in the Bay of Plenty. Here’s how you can be part of the 2016 Bay of Plenty Young Fruit Grower Competition: Enter the competition! Showcase your horticultural skills and initiative by entering the 2016 BOP Young Fruit Grower Competition. The event will expose you to great networking opportunities with industry leaders and you can win some fantastic cash prizes! To enter go to www.bopyoungfruitgrower.co.nz. Become a Sponsor! Align your brand with the BOPYFG competition. Attended by hundreds of industry people, the event offers great recognition and significant brand exposure for sponsors and supporters.GOLD – sponsorship funding of $5,000 SILVER – sponsorship funding of $3,000 - $4,999BRONZE – sponsorship funding of $1,000 - $2999 Hold a Trade Exhibition! Trade stands are $200 each, irrelevant of scale. Take this opportunity to showcase your business in the Bay of Plenty where horticulture industries are thriving.  Trade Exhibitors are also welcome to provide specific demonstrations during the day event which will become part of the event schedule and advertised to attendees. Mills Reef has an extensive grass area with plenty of room for trade stands of all shapes and sizes. For more information visit www.bopyoungfruitgrower.co.nz.

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