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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.

Early bird tickets on sale now - NZ Avocado International Industry Conference

Tickets are now on sale for the New Zealand Avocado International Industry conference to be held 29-31 August 2018 at ASB Baypark, Tauranga, New Zealand. An event that only happens every 3-4 years, the conference is a great opportunity to be inspired, to connect with others and to enable growers to enhance their knowledge and be better prepared to grow quality fruit for the world. Themed 'growing avocados for the world' the event represents the exciting opportunity the industry has to continue to expand across an international marketplace, and will showcase an array of industry speakers. Loren Zhao, Co-founder of Chinese online produce company Fruit Day, will travel to New Zealand to speak to avocado growers at conference. “Recent market access approval for avocados from New Zealand to China has resulted in an exciting new opportunity for the avocado industry.” says Chair Tony Ponder. “Growers and industry stakeholders are hungry for knowledge about this new market for our avocados and we are privileged to have a speaker of Loren’s calibre show interest in the avocados we grow here in New Zealand.” Fruit day is China’s largest online fresh produce retailer with over 4 million customers shopping online for imported fruit and vegetables every day. “We have seen huge growth in demand for avocados in China over the past three years as information about the health benefits becomes more well known by wealthy Chinese consumers” says Zhao. The current boom in health, wellness and fitness, plus a consumer focus on food provenance and food safety puts New Zealand in a great position to align itself with the needs of Chinese consumers. Zhao says “With a great reputation for quality throughout Asia, there is a lot of interest from retailers in China on obtaining New Zealand avocado supply.” Also speaking will be Dr Nicholas Gill, performance coach and head strength and conditioning coach of the All Blacks. Gill, an avocado grower himself, will speak to growers about the role of avocados in peak sporting performance and how they can be used to help everyday New Zealanders who want to live healthier lifestyles. “In my role as a performance coach I meet many Kiwi mums and dads who are becoming aware of their own health going downhill, and seeing their own bad habits reflected in the habits of their kids.” says Gill. “Whether its elite performance on the rugby pitch or just living healthier every day, fresh fruit and vegetables like avocado play a key role in helping New Zealanders live healthier lives.” For more information or to purchase tickets go to www.avocadoconference.co.nz

2019 Bay of Plenty Young Fruit Grower competition

Saturday 09 Feb 2019, 09:00 AM to 03:00 PM

Bay of Plenty Young Fruit Growers Upskilling Incorporated Society is proud to present the region’s most exciting horticultural event – The 2019 Bay of Plenty Young Fruit Grower Competition.  This high-profile competition is open to horticulturalists who are 30 years and under and is entered by some of the industry’s finest young future leaders from the Bay of Plenty. The competition will take place from 9am to 3pm at the ‘Horticulture Village’ at the Te Puke A&P show and will feature a series of practical and theory activities to test contestants’ skills and abilities in a competitive and fast-paced environment. NZ Avocado will be involved in the competition and will run topics including: Canopy management Maintaining and improving tree health

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