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Fruit thefts - growers urged to be extra vigilant

NZ Avocado has received recent reports of avocado theft from orchards in Bay of Plenty and Northland. Growers are encouraged to please report thefts and any unusual activity in their area to NZ police as soon as possible.  If you see something & say something. New Zealand Police recommend the following: Be extra vigilant and take steps to prevent theft, including increasing security around your orchard. If you witness any suspicious behaviour contact your neighbouring orchards to ensure others are also keeping a look out. If a theft takes place the New Zealand Police encourage reporting in all instances: If witnessed at the time of theft call the Police emergency line on 111 immediately. Try to take as many details as you can of the thieves including their appearance and any vehicles and vehicle registration numbers etc. If you discover fruit has been stolen but you did not witness the theft, contact your local police station. If you have had fruit stolen recently but have not yet reported it, contact your local police station. If you are approached by anyone trying to sell car boot loads of avocados, take a description of the person and their vehicle registration and report the activity to your local police station. What you can do to help protect your fruit: Install security cameras or if you are unable to do this, install signage as a deterrent that says the orchard is under surveillance. Theft prevention signs can be ordered by emailing jo.nunn@nzavocado.co.nz - two signs per PPIN. Install a driveway alarm to alert you of people entering your property Keep any gates to the orchard locked or install an electronic pin code gate Have a regular walk around your orchard to stay alert of anything unusual or potential risk areas that you may want to address Use your phone to take photos if you do see anything suspicious

AIC Ltd becomes NZ Avocado Industry Ltd

Following a decision at the March board meeting to change the name of AIC Ltd, the NZAGA Executive Committee last week approved a name change for that entity from Avocado Industry Council Ltd to New Zealand Avocado Industry Ltd. This name change was registered at the Companies Office on 1st August 2018. New Zealand Avocado Industry Ltd is now the new name for AIC Ltd, the operating entity and subsidiary of NZAGA. There are a number of reasons for doing this. One of the Directors had raised some time ago the confusion caused by two long names to describe our industry body, NZ Avocado Growers Association and Avocado Industry Council, AIC. We have over the past four or five years informally resolved this by calling ourselves NZ Avocado. However, that was only ever informal, and it was time to formalise our industry name. The Board confirmed that the name NZ (or New Zealand) Avocado Industry Ltd is a more appropriate name. Secondly, we are setting up a digital platform in China as the industry body for avocados from New Zealand. Under the former name, AIC Ltd, there was no association with “New Zealand”, so it defeated the purpose of being able to authenticate the origin of our avocados and authenticate the New Zealand brands marketing avocados from New Zealand. Additionally there was an error more than a decade ago in how the recognised product group for avocados was noted on the Horticulture Export Authority order. This will be corrected by requesting to the Minister that our new name is inserted into the order, replacing AIC. NZ Avocado Industry Ltd will be shortened to NZ Avocado, the subsidiary of NZAGA. This will be more formerly advised at the AGM on 29th August.

Whangarei Field Day

Wednesday 17 Oct 2018, 09:30 AM to 12:00 PM

We will be running a “back to basics” session for anyone wanting to recap some of the basic information about the parts of the tree, flowers and growth habit. Questions will be welcomed and the team will do their best to answer fundamental questions of growing avocados.  The main field day will start at 10.00am. NZ Avocado CEO, Jen Scoular will provide an industry update. The research team will lead a discussion on flowering, flower pruning and fruit set where we can have a look at some trees that were flower pruned the previous year.  Fruit staining is an issue for many growers in the Mid North region so an update will be given on what is known about the issue and what activity is currently underway to better understand it. Address: 38 Kokopu Block Road, Whangarei  To register for this event please contact Jo Nunn at NZ Avocado on 07 571 6147 or jo.nunn@nzavocado.co.nz

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