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Research Programme Manager - NZ Avocado Industry

This is a perfect opportunity to join the talented team at NZ Avocado and contribute your skills and expertise to this high growth sector. Senior research role in exciting growth industry Challenging and diverse career opportunity Passionate and innovative leader The New Zealand avocado industry set a vision in 2012-13 to quadruple sales from $70m to $280m and treble productivity by 2023. Four years later the industry achieved a value of $200m with productivity well on track to meet the targets. Global demand for avocados well outstrips supply, and the visibility for this growth industry and opportunities offered within it are seeing significant investment into growing avocados in New Zealand. The New Zealand industry has set high targets for improving yield and consistency of yield for orchardists. New R & D investment both external and internal has driven innovative outputs, which are being extended to growers and consultants. Innovation happens on the orchard, and the learnings and experiences of growers, scientists and consultants contribute to the outcomes. But we have not yet found the answers which provides the new R & D Manager with exciting challenges. It is a perfect time for a passionate, innovative leader to join our team. This is a senior role for a well-qualified scientist to lead the NZ Avocado R&D programme, have significant influence over external research on avocados, and lead the extension of knowledge to the industry. This is a full time role based in Tauranga, New Zealand. KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES Lead the NZ Avocado R&D programme Influence external avocado funding towards projects within the R&D programme Future proof the industry by securing on-going funding for new innovation Lead strong and effective extension to the industry Provide research to support the industry export systems and industry quality standards Manage the research team and contribute strongly within the management team KEY COMPETENCIES Post graduate qualification in relevant field Ability to interpret trial results Good experience and success in extension Strong affinity with and ability to communicate with growers Offers passion, vision and ability to deliver You need to be a committed team player, have well-rounded interpersonal communication skills and excel in forging lasting relationships with industry stakeholders. If this sounds like the opportunity you have been waiting for, then we would like to hear from you. Applications close 25 March 2018. Please email applications to edwina.aitchison@nzavocado.co.nz A job description is available on request, please contact Edwina Aitchison.

China Market Is Open For Avocados From New Zealand

New Zealand Avocado is very excited by the opportunity to export avocados to China in the 2018 season following a successful technical audit of the regulatory system for exporting this week. The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and China’s General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) signed the protocol to agree export requirements in November 2017, and a successful audit was the final step in enabling the export of avocados to China. The New Zealand industry has been seeking access for four years and through that time has been building an understanding of the market, with exporters building relationships in the China market. NZ Avocado has attended the China International Fruit and Vegetable Fair in Beijing for the last four years, on the New Zealand stand with other horticulture sectors. “Gaining access to China for our avocados has been a key focus for the board,” says Tony Ponder, Chair of NZ Avocado. “We recognised the need to commit to that market with regular visits to build relationships at a political and commercial level.” NZ Avocado will airfreight a trial shipment to Shanghai in the current season, which will be enjoyed by kiwis at a New Zealand Trade and Enterprise arranged event at NZ Central. Zespri staff at their China head office in Shanghai will also enjoy some avocados from the trial shipment. Avocado imports into China are increasing very strongly as Chinese consumers learn about the impressive nutritional properties of avocados. Mexico, Peru and Chile are the only other countries with access to the huge Chinese market. The global demand for avocados has certainly hit China, says Jen Scoular, CEO of NZ Avocado. “We are thrilled to be able to offer avocados from New Zealand to consumers, who are keen to add avocados to their daily diet.” “Recent research about avocados from New Zealand show that avocados grown in New Zealand have 20 percent more folate and twice as much vitamin B6 than avocados grown elsewhere, and we will be exploring our messaging in China in regard to that differentiation,” says Scoular. The 2018 export season starts in August, and the first shipments are likely to be in mid to late September, reports Alistair Petrie, Chair of the Avocado Export Council. “We have been anticipating access to China for some time and it is exciting to now have the opportunity. We have established relationships in China and will work with them to develop niche markets for our avocados,” says Petrie. Ponder acknowledges the extensive work, support and cooperation by MPI, AQSIQ officials, and New Zealand Avocado - this work has enabled significant progress in New Zealand’s trade with China. He acknowledges the growers and packer involved in the trial who he says put in significant time and resource on behalf of the industry to ensure this last step was successful.

New Zealand avocados step closer to China

New Zealand is a significant step closer towards supplying fresh avocados to Chinese consumers and opening up access to a brand new market for our growers, the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and New Zealand Avocado announced Friday 17 November 2017. A series of technical discussions and the negotiation and signing of a protocol to agree export requirements for avocados have successfully wrapped up between MPI and China’s General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ), with input from New Zealand’s avocado industry. The next step before trade commences is an audit of New Zealand’s regulatory system for exporting avocados by AQSIQ in mid-December 2017. “Securing export access for our avocados into China is New Zealand’s top horticulture priority,” says MPI Director-General Martyn Dunne. “I would like to acknowledge the extensive work, support and cooperation by MPI, industry body New Zealand Avocado and AQSIQ officials in enabling this significant progress in New Zealand’s trade with China.” In the 2016/17 season, New Zealand’s avocado industry achieved its best ever season reaching a record breaking industry value of more than $200 million from 7.9 million trays. Avocados are still relatively unknown in China, but demand for New Zealand’s avocados has boomed.  In 2016/17, New Zealand exported $155.5 million of avocados into markets such as Australia, Japan, Singapore, Korea and Thailand – growth of around $64 million from the previous season. China is expected to be a significant market for New Zealand avocados. “China is very aware of the significant global increase in avocado consumption, the associated health benefits and the strong growth and huge potential in the avocado category,” says New Zealand Avocado Chief Executive Jen Scoular. “Our conversations with Chinese importers show there will be strong interest in New Zealand avocados.” “Our aim is to create a globally competitive, high-value, sustainable horticulture industry delivering real returns to New Zealand,” says Tony Ponder, Chair of the New Zealand Avocado Growers Association. “We’re well on the way towards this, and access to China for our avocados will play a big part.” Avocado exports will join New Zealand’s other fresh fruit exports to China that include apples, kiwifruit, cherries, plums, citrus and persimmons. Martyn Dunne says the progress towards avocado access into China is a good demonstration of the strength of collaboration and positive, respectful relationships. “The progress to date towards securing access for our avocados is underpinned by collaboration and the positive relationship shared by both New Zealand and China,” says Mr Dunne. “MPI and the avocado industry are committed to getting our avocado trade with China underway as soon as possible.” Growth in the avocado industry is also being enabled through the New Zealand Avocados Go Global Primary Growth Partnership programme between New Zealand Avocado and MPI.  It’s a 5-year, $8.56 million collaboration that has made real progress towards goals to triple productivity and grow industry returns to $280 million per year by 2023.

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Upcoming Events

BOP Field Day

02:00 PM, 26 March 2018

NZ Avocado in partnership with Seeka invite you to join us at John and Mary Bowen’s orchard where we will discuss their current orchard developments and tackle the challenges of crop estimation. Light refreshments provided. Address: 80 Prestidge rd, Katikati Registration for this events helps us with catering and space requirements. Please contact Jo Nunn jo.nunn@nzavocado.co.nz or call 0800 286 2236 to register.Bring a folding chair for your comfort, suitable footwear, a jacket and a water bottle.Please read our notes on Field day biosecurity. 

Far North Irrigation Workshop

10:00 AM, 28 March 2018

Join the NZ Avocado research team and Irrigation NZ for a workshop on irrigation. Content covered will include regulation, soil moisture principles, irrigation systems operations and maintenance. Numbers for this are strictly limited and registration is essential. To register for this events please contact Jo Nunn at NZ Avocado either by phone 07 571 6147 or email jo.nunn@nzavocado.co.nz  

Whangarei Discussion Group

07:30 PM, 28 March 2018

Join the NZ Avocado research team and representatives from Irrigation NZ to discuss all your irrigation requirements, regulations and management. Venue: Maungatapere Community Hall, 1257 SH 14, Whangarei To register for this event please contact Jo Nunn at NZ Avocado either by phone 07 571 6147 or email to jo.nunn@nzavocado.co.nz

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