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AIC Grower Export Registration for 2015-16 season

All growers intending to export avocados in the current season must be registered with Avocado Industry Council (AIC) as set out in the industry Export Marketing Strategy (EMS).  You can complete this registration online at the NZ Avocado website. Please see instructions below.  Grower export registrations completed and paid by 17 August are $150+GST. Registrations made after this date will be $300+GST. If you are unable to register for export online then please contact the NZ Avocado office if you need to register manually and we will arrange a paper registration form for you. Please be aware that a $30+GST administration fee will be added to your export registration fee for a manual registration. Instructions for registering online: Please note that you can also watch a video tutorial of how to register for export by visiting this link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cil-ErQffAA&feature=youtu.be In your internet browser window, type www.nzavocado.co.nz/industryinto the website address bar and press ENTER on your key board. Then click the "Spray Diary and Industry Tools” link at the top right of the screen.   You will now be in the AvoTools section of the New Zealand avocado website. In the list of login types, click Grower.   Enter your 5-digit PPIN (e.g. P12345) and passwordthen click Login.   Once logged in, click the Grower Export Registration link.   AvoGreen compliance - You must be AvoGreen compliant to be eligible to register for export.  You will be asked to verify this compliance (either you are an owner-operator or your orchard is monitored by an operator or by another owner-operator).  Click the two tick boxes at the bottom of the screen to verify your compliance then click Proceed to next step.             If you are not compliant, a message will show on screen asking you to contact us for assistance.          Terms & conditions – before registering you need to agree to abide by the Terms and Conditions, and to comply with the EMS and the Grower Responsibilities section of the AIC Quality Manual. The EMS and Terms and Conditions are available to view in this screen.  Click on the tick box at the bottom of the screen to accept then click Proceed to next step.   Your details - check that the details held on file for you or your company are correct and amend any incorrect details. Please ensure that your email address is up-to-date as it will be used to send your registration confirmation, yield estimate and intended packer choices.    Yield estimate – This section has automatically populated your yields from the previous season.  You must type in your crop estimate for export and local market for the current season, if you are unsure please check your packer agreement or talk to your packer.    Orchard hectares – This section has automatically populated your orchard hectares, please check this information and amend if it is incorrect.  If you are a new grower, please add this information - there are calculation instructions on the right hand side of the screen.    Intended packer choices - select your intended packer. If you select a packer, your registration will automatically be emailed to that packer once your registration is completed.  If you do not select a packer during registration then it is your responsibility to provide your later chosen packer(s) with a copy of your registration.    Payment– choose your payment method (credit card, direct credit or cheque). Your registration will not be confirmed and verified until AIC receives your payment in full.   Please note: If paying by direct credit please use your PPIN number as the reference. A credit card transaction will incur an additional 2.8% transaction fee.   If paying by cheque, please include your PPIN number on the back and post it to: Avocado Industry Council, PO Box 13267, Tauranga, 3141   Confirmation- Once details are checked and the payment has been received then you will be sent a confirmation email with an attached copy of your registration form (which acts as a tax receipt).   If you have any issues online registration, please call 0800 AVOCADO for assistance.

Horticulture industry celebrates Bay of Plenty Young Fruit Grower success

Click here to view a highlights video of the day's event More than 280 people from around the horticultural industry came together on Wednesday night to celebrate the 2015 Bay of Plenty Young Fruit Grower competition which saw 26 year old Craig Ward from Apata take out the 2015 title at a sold-out gala dinner. Craig beat seven other competitors in a series of competitive events and tests during the day and a quiz and speech competition in the evening. Craig will now go on to represent the Bay of Plenty at the national competition run by Horticulture New Zealand in Christchurch on 12-13 August. This year’s competition received a huge amount of support from the horticultural industry through sponsorship and other contributions. "This competition develops skills and fosters leadership. Today’s competitors are a great example of young people who are passionate about the industry’s future and their role in it,” said New Zealand Kiwifruit Growers Inc (NZKGI) President, Neil Trebilco. "It was fantastic to see so many local industries and organisations recognise this and come together to demonstrate their support for our future leaders. "All eight contestants gave it their all and I’m sure the decision for the judges was a difficult one. Another special event coinciding with the Young Grower of the Year competition was this year’s inaugural ‘Cultivate Your Career’ event. Over 150 students in years 11, 12 and 13 attended to hear from employers about the many career opportunities in the horticulture sector and about the skills they need to develop, from effective communication to critical thinking and problem solving. The gala dinner in the evening included a special charity auction which raised almost $5,000 for the people in Vanuatu who were affected by the devastating Cyclone Pam in March. "The kiwifruit industry employs over 500 people from Vanuatu under the Recognised Seasonal Employer scheme. This month saw it launch a wider campaign to raise $100,000 to help with the recovery of Vanuatu. "The funds raised will be channelled toward projects in communities where workers from Vanuatu in the kiwifruit industry come from,” said Neil. The Young Grower of the Year is an annual competition run by Horticulture New Zealand to select the finest young fruit or vegetable grower in the country. The competition involves four regional events and the winners from each region go forward to contest the final. The Bay of Plenty Young Fruit Grower of the Year was sponsored by the following companies and organisations: Gold:Apata Grow and Zespri Silver: Aongatete Coolstores, Ballance Agri-Nutrients, DMS, Eastpack, Farmlands, Horticentre, Katikati Fruit Growers, NZ Avocado, Pacific Coast Technical Institute and Te Puke Fruit Growers. Bronze:Carter Holt Harvey, OPAC, Trevelyan’s, Radford’s Software and ASB. For more information about the event, including sponsors, supporters, events and photos go to www.bopyoungfruitgrower.co.nz NZ Avocado would especially like to thank Aongatete Coolstores Ltd for their involvement in the NZ Avocado Young Grower challenge and Locus Research for their participation with Cultivate Your Career.

Support our leaders at the BOP Young Fruit Grower of the Year competition

Come along to the BOP Young Fruit Grower of the Year competition, 24 June - Mills Reef Winery, 143 Moffat Road, Bethlehem.   NZ Avocado, on behalf of the 2015 Bay of Plenty Young Fruit Grower competition organising committee, invites growers and all those involved in the horticulture industry to come along and cheer on the young leaders in our industry. Check out the website for more details http://www.bopyoungfruitgrower.co.nz/   Spectators are welcome at the day event which starts at around 9am. Attendance is free and the Mills Reef Restaurant will be open. We have a great outdoor venue this year complete with mature avocado trees to put the eight contestants to the test. There will also be orchard equipment demonstrations and supplier stands for orchardists to peruse.  Young Grower challenges: Phytophthora control & injecting avocado trees - NZ Avocado & Aongatete Avo-Ject Agrichemical knowledge - Farmlands Motor mower use - R&R Tractors Tractor and implement use - Horticentre Trailer challenge - Toyota Fertiliser knowledge - Horticentre Orchard shelter and sward identification and management - BOP Polytechnic Sugar testing wine - Mills Reef Biosecurity - Kiwifruit Vine Health Orchard accounts - KPMG Hortisports - Primary ITO  Cultivate Your Career  Along with the BOP Young Grower Competition is a programme for high school students – Cultivate Your Career. This event will run alongside the Young Grower Competition. We welcome growers and industry people to come along and listen in on these presentations too. Initiative and entrepreneurship - Locus Research & NZ Avocado Critical thinking and problem solving - BOP Polytechnic Collaboration - Plant & Food Research Effective communication - Kiwifruit Vine Health Accessing and analysing information - Zespri Curiosity and imagination - House of Science Agility and adaptability (Hortisports) - Primary ITO  Displays and demonstrations New 2016 Toyota Hilux Farmlands Police Tractor Pro Pruner loppers - 45min pruning demonstrations at 10am and 12pm - please register your interest to attend with Ken Scott, Lakewood Products lakewoodproducts@xtra.co.nz Programme 8:50am-10:25am - Young Fruit Grower contestant challenges + Cultivate your career modules 10:45am - 12:20pm - Young Fruit Grower contestant challenges + Cultivate your career modules 12:50pm - 2:40pm - Young Fruit Grower contestant challenges + Cultivate your career modules 3:00pm - Day's events conclude 5:30pm onwards - Dinner and awards SOLD OUT

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Upcoming Events

Spray Diary Tutorials Whangarei – Registration of Interest

01:30 PM, 07 July 2015

Spray Diary Tutorials Whangarei – Registration of Interest For growers who have some challenges and questions around  using the spray diary and for growers new to using the spray diary. Hosted by: Glenys Parton, Industry Systems Manager,  NZAGA Tutorial 1 Date: Tuesday July 7th, 2015 Time: 5.30pm – 7.30pm Venue: Kingsgate Hotel, Riverside Drive, Whangarei Tutorial 2 Date: Wednesday July 8th, 2015 Time: 1.30pm – 3.30pm Venue: Natural Touch Packhouse, 29 Kokopu Block Road, Maungatapere Please email: jo.nunn@nzavocado.co.nz with your name and contact details and indicate the Tutorial you would like to  participate in.        

NZKGI Annual General Meeting

10:00 AM, 22 July 2015

NZKGI Annual General Meeting, Wednesday  22 July, 10am at ASB Arena

HortNZ Conference

09:00 AM, 27 July 2015

HortNZ Conference Tackles Risky Business Issues - this year’s Horticulture  New Zealand Conference, July 27 – 29, at the Rotorua Events Centre, is all  about managing risk in your business.  We will be looking at the  challenge business owners face today – everything from global food shortages to  managing the new health and safety laws.  The keynote speaker is  Australian journalist, science commentator and rural issues expert Julian  Cribb, who will challenge the way we think about feeding the world.  As always, the HortNZ  conference is the ideal place to catch up on what’s going on in the wider world  of New Zealand horticulture.  This is the time for networking,  learning and sharing.  Find out what  HortNZ is doing for growers right now and find out what HortNZ plans to do for  growers in the future.   We are delighted to be  hosting the GLOBALG.A.P. TOUR 2015 here this year.  GLOBALG.A.P. Chief Executive Officer Kristian  Moeller will be one of our key speakers.  New Zealand horticulture  leads the world in third party assurance and HortNZ has invited a selection of  high caliber experts to come and talk about where we can go next to continue to  satisfy consumer and trade needs.  The conference awards  dinner will feature the presentation of the horticulture industry’s premier  award, the Bledisloe Cup, as well as two new awards just announced by the  Horticulture New Zealand board, the HortNZ President’s Trophy, for inspiring  industry leadership, and the HortNZ Industry Service Award, to recognise  commitment to the industry from a supplier or supporter.   It’s going to be a busy and insightful couple of  days. Go here to see the programme: www.hortnz.co.nz.    

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